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St David’s daffodils, 2015

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003On St David’s Day, 1 March, some Welsh people traditionally wear daffodils (Narcissus cvs), or like to have daffodils in their homes.  Although the London Borough of Wandsworth is not renowned for the size of its Welsh population and therefore one would not expect a great many of people to be wearing daffodils there, it was surprising that only two people, both men, were observed to be doing so in 2015.  Both were wearing small artificial flowers, similar to those sold to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, not live flowers.   The flower stall outside Tooting Broadway underground station had daffodils on sale, but did not label them in a way which connected them with St David’s Day, and, indeed, the only bunches of daffodils which were on sale consisted of unopened buds, which would take a day or two to open.

Image:  wreath, incorporating artificial daffodils, honouring the Royal Welch Fusiliers, at the base of the Cenotaph, Whitehall, City of Westminster, London, 22 March 2015; presumably placed there on St David’s Day.

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