Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Seasons Compatible Daffodils



 I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

...William Wordsworth





Daffodils, the flowers symbolizing friendship, are some of the most popular flowers exclusively due to their unmatched beauty.  Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus.  The flowers have a trumpet-shaped structure set against a star-shaped background and often the trumpet is in a contrasting color from the background.  The name Daffodils includes the cluster-flowered yellow Jonquil and the White Narcissus.  Daffodils are constantly recurring flowers with at least 50 species and many hybrids.  Where climate is moderate, they flourish among the first spring buds and often bloom in clusters. They are native mainly to the Mediterranean region, in particular to the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Northern Africa and the Middle East.  In addition to the species, the Daffodil Data Bank lists over 13,000 hybrids.  Generally Daffodils are yellow, and range from yellow-and-white, yellow-and-orange, white-and-orange, pink, and lime-green.   All Daffodils have a corona in the center that looks like a trumpet and a ring of petals all around.  The natural Daffodil is colored golden yellow all over while the trumpet may often appear in a contrasting color.  The paper-white Daffodils could be planted in gardens that are outdoors, but they could also grow in indoor gardens during Christmas. 

The garden Daffodil's ancestors come from the states around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Spain and Portugal and the Middle East, such as Turkey. The earliest record mentioned about Daffodils was around two or three hundred years B.C.  Grown extensively by the ancient Greeks and the Romans, Daffodils nevertheless became a forgotten flower until about 1600 and even in 1860, there were fewer than 350 cultivated hybrids.  Around 1629, a group of Englishmen took the Daffodil out of the weeds and put it into the garden. Daffodils were in favor again.  During the days of the American experience and the expansion west, Daffodils were well established as a "must have" in the garden.  They were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can irritate the skin.  There is literally no difference between the Daffodils and Narcissus. The two words are synonymous.  Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for those commonly called Daffodils and Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus

Facts about Daffodils:

  • The Daffodil is also known as Jonquil, Narcissus, Paperwhite and the ‘Poet’s Hower’.
  • Narcissus is a classical Greek name in honor of a beautiful youth who became so entranced with his own reflection that he pined away and the gods turned him into this flower.
  • Scientists have discovered narciclasine, a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, may be therapeutic in treating brain cancer. 
  • Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. When arranging in a vase don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24 hours. Do not recut the stems as it will re-release the toxin.
  • The Daffodil is the flower for March.
  • In the Victorian days, Daffodils represented chivalry.  Today they represent hope
  • The Daffodil is the national flower of Wales and it is traditional to wear a Daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1).  It’s said if you spot the first Daffodil of the season, your next 12 months will be filled with wealth.
  • Their botanic name is Narcissus.  Daffodils are sometimes called Jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.”
  • Chinese legend has it that if a Daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.
  • The Daffodil is the 10th wedding anniversary flower.
  • A gift of Daffodils is said to ensure happiness.

The Daffodils are Seasons compatible and will change with the seasons.  The seasonal changes only work if the Seasons EP is installed.  They can also be used without Seasons, but only the summer state will appear.




Faces:  260 (Low Poly)
Appear in the Catalog under Gardening/Flowers for 5 Simoleons.
Do not require watering or weeding.
Visible in lot/neighborhood views.
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The download includes the mesh (solid yellow)  and 4 recolors in solid orange, solid white, yellow corona with white petals and orange corona with white petals.

Tested in a vanilla game with all EP's plus M&G.

Mesh by me created in Milkshape.  Textures by me created in PSP.

Ray :)


8 comments:

  1. So many things I didn't know about daffodils! I'll have to stop taking them for granted! We've got several in the yard right now, so I'm glad I can give my Sims some, too! Thanks, Ray!

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  2. Daffodils are my favorite flowers and my sims can now enjoy them seasonally. Thank you for all your wonderful creations.

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  3. Lovely! It will be a beautiful spring in all our Sim lands!

    Thanks, too, for all the interesting info.

    Lisa

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  4. I love them! Thank you Ray. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  5. These make me so happy! Now to wait for spring.

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  6. These are so realistic! Thanks! Katherine

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