Saturday, February 18, 2006

The daffodil, the narcissus

The last two days have seen temperatures in the mid 60s, and the signs of spring cannot hold off any more. The daffodils have come, adding life and color and promise to our home of better days to come. This flower of spring has a long history among many cultures for thousands of years. The Egyptians used them in funerary wreaths and the Romans raised them in greenhouses and set them out for banquets. As far as medicinal uses, the powdered flowers are used to induce vomitting. There are cases of eventual death by paralysis of the nervous system. My, how they do smell lovely, though...


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