Be astonished…..

….well, I was.

We’ve all heard of early flowering species, but to see daffodils in full bloom in the UK before the winter solstice (December 21st)….. something fishy must be going on with our climate.

Now, I am not going to enter the global warming debate here, but I am happy to pick up on a bit of Welsh folklore which tells me that the first person to see a daffodil in flower will have a prosperous year ahead of them…..but, of course, only if they are the first person…….second will not do.

And given that it is the Welsh national flower, they will be a bit biased about it’s powers…….but their optimism is shared by followers of Chinese Feng Shui, who believe it will bring good luck into their homes if it flowers in the new year.

Now tell me truthfully…..aren’t you thankful for these few pearls of wisdom?

December flowering....

December flowering….


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on December 22, 2014, in Miscellany and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Look at the bright side – warm is excellent for life, it’s the cold you have to worry about.

    • Oh dear, the warm v cold debate….. In a temperate climate like ours, the intrinsic interaction of warm and cold is vital for our wellbeing. Both warm and cold = the bright side…..but for different reasons.

      • Frank, you make me laugh man… As if using large words will make it more true. Beyond pointing that out, I’m going to let it go. You sound like, from the looks of your reply, a true believer so I’m not going to dent that and you aren’t about to change my mind with adjusted temperatures.

  2. Don’t leeks have flowers for those Welsh patriots?

    • Ah, the leeks do have flowers….but only when they’ve bolted (ie. gone past it). However, the Welsh name for a daffodil (in translation, of course) is ‘Peter’s leek’……and smells much nicer on the lapel!

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