Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday Flower Fact - March Birth Flower

I apologize for the lack of posts so far this month, and because of the lack of posts, I am posting this on a Tuesday night instead of Friday. Hope you enjoy!

As you all know, once a month, I write about the birth flower for that month. The March Birth flower is the Daffodil. Daffodils, also known as Narcissus are one of the first signs of spring. Also, depending on the species, these delicate flowers can sometimes be found blooming in the late fall. Daffodils are most well known of their rich yellow color, but also bloom in yellow/white, yellow/orange, white/orange, pink, and even lime green.

When planting Daffodils in your garden, be sure to plant the bulbs in a well drained location. Daffodils are perennials and once planted, should be divided once every 5-10 years. After the blooms have fallen off, do NOT cut the foliage/stems from these flowers until they've turned a yellow-ish color. It is then recommended that you dig up the bulbs, cut the stems and rinse them in water. Once this is done, they should be stored in a cool, dry location so they are ready to plant between September and November. If you do not unsoil the bulbs, the flowers will still grow next year and you should still wait to remove the stems until they have turned the yellow-ish color mentioned above.

The American Cancer Society has adopted these flowers as a "symbol of hope." Check out the ACS website to find a location near you that's selling Daffodils for this cause. Not only will you be helping this amazing organization, but you'll be bringing spring into your home/office.