Flower of the Month // July // Daffodil

These bright and cheery flowers symbolise the arrival of Spring, although in many gardens they can add a flash of yellow as early as June. The trumpet shaped flowers come in a variety of colours, but the most common and traditional is yellow.

Across many cultures the daffodil has similar meanings, as the bright flowers appear as the cold winter ends and the promise of spring warmth is signalled. In China the daffodil symbolises good fortune. To the Japanese it means mirth and joyousness and in France it is said to be a sign of Hope.

In Australia we associate the Daffodil with the Cancer Councils fundraising day, this year it is the 26th of August. Last year they raised over $4 million dollars to help people who’s lives have been touched by cancer. What better way to brighten someone’s day with a beautiful bunch of Yellow Daffodils.

There are over 50 species and over 13,000 varieties. They are easy to grow at home in the garden or in pots. As a cut flower they do need to be conditioned. They can emit a slime which will effect the water quality, so when you have got your daffodils home, cut about 3cm from the bottom of the stem, place them in clean cool water for 6 to 8 hours. Follow this process every couple of days for long lasting blooms.

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