Narcissus…

The son of Cephissus and the nymph Liriope a beautiful nymph of the Kifissos river…

He didn’t have the best ending..rather a strange one..

He was left looking at himself in the river and as he was so beautiful he died searching for the beautiful image he saw but could not touch…at that spot grew the first flower with his name.

The are many myths about its origins such as…

After treating a lovestruck suitor Echo, a beautiful nymph, with distain causing her to disappear, an angry goddess of revenge, Nemesis caused him to gaze upon his own reflection in a pool, causing him to unknowingly fall in love with his own image and leading to his despair; once realising his love would remain unrequited…  he melted away from the fire of passion burning inside him, eventually turning into a gold and white flower..

That myth has a ring of truth to it…let’s not be narcissistic and let’s get on with our work and try to listen to those around us ..hhmm..I have met many narcissists in my life…

If you are wondering if you are a narcissist or not (now that we are talking about it, if you are wondering about it you probably aren’t) take this forty question test and you’ll find out if you are or not

https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/narcissistic-personality-quiz/

Now let’s talk about the plants that have the same name..

Narcissi are my one of my favourite plants. They signify spring and they are one of the first flowers to bloom after winter.

I have many varieties in the garden and I’m sure I will have a lot more in the future. The bulbs are not edible as they contain many alkaloids so eating a bulb is not advisable.

In the old days this plant was used for medicinal purposes and actually one of the alkaloids it contains can be very helpful for patients suffering from Alzheimers disease.

Some species are intensely perfumed, so much so that if you smell the flower too much, it has a soporific, narcotic effect. In Greek Narcissus and Narcotic are from the same word stem and it may explain why the plant was thus named.

2 days ago the last Narcissus flower withered in the garden.. so this article is a tribute to the beauty they provided in the garden this year....

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