Daffodils with their cheerful disposition and buttery yellow colour are the harbingers of spring and as such are welcomed with affection each year. Wordsworth captured this well in his poem:
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Daffodils belong to the family of Amaryllidaceae and the genus Narcissus. All Narcissus species have a central corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves. They like to be planted in the autumn for spring flowering and their leaves shouldn’t be removed until they have died down. The Daffodil, together with the leek, is the emblem of Wales and they share the same name in Welsh Ceninen.
Pussy Willow is a deciduous tree, much loved for its catkins which start out as soft, grey, furry mounds, and evolve into pollen-releasing catkins that hang gracefully from its branches. Male and female catkins are found on different plants and are different colours; male catkins are yellow and female ones, pale green.
Order No: F026 Daffodil and pussy willow