Happy New Year, from the Flowers
Victorian-era painting and writing often utilized flowers as gestures of meaning (lilacs meant new love, violets meant modesty, apple blossoms could symbolize prosperity). One might gift a flower to a recipient who knew, without having to be told in words, the depth of its meaning or representation: a basil plant might mean hatred; a rose, love and joy.
According to Mandy Kirkby's book, A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion, daffodils (a.k.a. Narcissus) represent new beginnings (and also both love and unrequited love--like flowers themselves, meanings change). It's interesting that Narcissus is the man who, in the Greek myth, tragically stared at himself until he died, having fallen in love with his own reflection; what a strange new perspective that was! But we think the beginning of the year is as good a time as any to get to know your own perfect reflection and fall deep in love with yourself...
By Monica Uszerowicz