Anyway this leads to the point of this post - flowers. In particular, yellow flowers. And not because it's Valentine's Day.
(I'm a bit bah-humbug about Valentine's Day and would much prefer to receive protestations of love all year 'round.)
No, it's because I have just purchased my first daffodils of 2014.
I do find such happiness in a simple (and inexpensive) bunch of cheerful daffs.
But according to Mental Floss, when it comes to a splash of golden colour, it's not always sunshine and
In Japan, a bunch of yellow flowers means 'I'm jealous' so green with envy seems not to apply in the land of the rising sun. In Peru, it's a declaration of hatred while in Russia, the message is 'let's break up', not exactly what you'd want to receive at any time of the year let alone on the 14th of February.
But yellow flowers need not always be a declaration of your lack of affection. According to Mental Floss, if you are in Mexico, scattering marigolds over someone's grave means 'come back to Earth and visit me'...
|Marigolds decorate this grave to encourage the soul to rise again|
However, my source informs me that daffodils mean rebirth and new beginnings, regard and chivalry and 'you're the only one'.
So if I'm your 'one' - or even one of a special 'few' - you can feel free to send me some of these golden yellow trumpets any time of the year.