This week’s MotD theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers
North Yorkshire botanical photographer, John Grimshaw, blogger for “John Grimshaw’s Garden Diary“, shot this sweet photo of two daffodils, a variety known as Narcissus Poeticus. I love daffodils and their clear crisp colors, especially with this variety, of paper white, buttery yellow, and bright red. They always look happy and welcoming.
About his blog and himself he states:
A personal view of the world of horticulture and plants by a gardening botanist and author, living in Settrington, North Yorkshire, and working as Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard.
Inspiration for Today
From FlowerMeaning.com, it states:
The Narcissus does come with a few negative symbols due to the association with narcissism. Aside from signaling a person is a little too self-obsessed, this flower is ideal for reminding someone that there is always a chance for things to improve in the future. The Narcissus means rebirth and renewal because it’s one of the earliest bulbs to sprout. If you know someone that is the first to arrive at every event, you can celebrate their punctuality with this flower. The Victorians considered it an egoist’s flower, while the Chinese use it to symbolize future prosperity and wealth.
With us currently experiencing a Mercury Retrograde, it seems “poetic” to also showcase the Narcissus Poeticus as a reminder that at any given time we can choose to re-birth ourselves, re-think our goals and priorities, re-vise our attitudes, re-new our commitment to become a better version of ourselves, or other such “re” words/phrases.
We could even adopt this simple, yet powerful, mantra from French psychologist Emile Coue:
Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
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