My daffodils bloomed early this year, in the middle of a dreary and wet February. Their sunny yellow color seemed misplaced on the gray, misty day when they first appeared. They were, of course, a welcome sight because daffodils mean spring is near. Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
I’ve never given daffodils much thought before, just accepted their appearance each year as a symbol of spring and Easter. But my little bunches of daffodils stood out so oddly this year they demanded I stop and consider them.
The botanic name for daffodils is narcissus and their petals can be white, yellow, or light orange. Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who incorrectly thought the sap from daffodils had healing powers.
Folklore attaches luck to the spring flower. It was once a common belief that fortune would smile on those who avoided stepping on daffodils. In the British Isles, the first person in the neighborhood to spot the first daffodil of spring would see more gold than silver coming his way.
Other Fun Beliefs
- To give someone daffodils is to wish them luck. BUT, give them an entire bunch because a single flower can bring disaster and harm.
- Displaying fresh daffodils in your house will attract an abundance of good things.
- If you need love, wearing a daffodil close to the heart is said to attract love.
I mentioned I associated daffodils with Lent because I often see them pictured with the Cross during this season. Interestingly, in England, daffodils are known as the “Lent Lily.”
While there is a legend circulating in cyberspace that daffodils bloomed when Christ rose from the tomb, there is no mention of this particular flower in the Bible. I think spring flowers in general serve as reminders of the resurrection.
As well as many other things.
I love this Martin Luther quote:
“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
God uses flowers and all of nature to teach us Biblical truths. But sometimes maybe He simply wants us to pause and appreciate the beauty of His world.God uses flowers and all of nature to teach us Biblical truths. But sometimes maybe He simply wants us to pause and appreciate the beauty of His world. Click To Tweet
With this in mind, we took a leisurely drive over the mountain on Sunday afternoon to see the daffodils blooming at Gibbs Gardens. Located in Ball Ground, Georgia, the garden is home to 20.000,000+ daffodil bulbs during March and April. Not all of them bloom at the same time, but the number in bloom was staggering and a sight to behold. Amid all those daffodils, I saw our Creator and drew closer Him.
After a lovely day, I awoke to more rain. At first, I was annoyed. Then I recalled a poem by Robert Loveman—a writer I profiled six years ago. The title of this post is taken from his poem, “Rain Song.” Here are the first two stanzas:
It is not raining rain to me,
It’s raining daffodils;
In every dimpled drop I see,
Wild flowers on the hills.
The clouds of gray engulf the day,
And overwhelm the town;
It is not raining rain to me,
It’s raining roses down.