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Zoutman & Hansen: The Language of Flowers
15 Mar 2021
by Birgitta Zoutman

What better way to get a mood uplift than fill the room with daffodils this spring? And that’s just what Zoutman & Hansen did for their latest Language of Flowers shoot, working with Madam Llama’s Flower Bar from The Parade Shops Shrewsbury. Birgitta Zoutman writes...

Hello lovelies, for this month’s shoot we had to carry on thinking outside the box to work within all the Covid guidelines.

We solved the issue this time by pinching the daughter of my friend in my support bubble.

As a single parent carer for an adult child with autism I am allowed a support bubble with my bestie, also a single parent carer, and she was thrilled when I asked if I could pinch her daughter Flossie for my photoshoot.

Our flower for March is the daffodil. I never realized that there are in fact over 13,000 distinct daffodil varieties.

We just used two – the yellow Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ and the white Narcissus Compressus, which has the most amazing scent.

Once Madam Llama had delivered the flowers, the studio was filled with a gorgeous, sweet almost vanilla scent as I filled the vases and tin cans I’d painted white. Flossie and I had great fun – she was an absolute natural.

The Latin name for these cheerful flowers is Narcissus. It’s thought that they are named after the son of the river god from Greek mythology.

Narcissus was celebrated for his beauty, but he was arrogant. The goddess Nemesis noticed this and lured him to a pool where he fell in love with his own reflection.

They are often planted in remembrance of loved ones lost, and seeing them pop up year after year can bring great comfort. One place such place is here in Shropshire - The Gatten Valley Daffodill Field near Stiperstones, planted in aid of Marie Curie in 2016. Every £20 will pay for an hour’s nursing care and you can still donate on their Just Giving page justgiving.com/fundraising/daffodilfield

The field reminds me of the William Wordsworth Poem William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, painting a picture of a hill full of bright, dancing blooms.

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.

In the Language of Flowers, being one of the first perennials to poke through the ground in spring, daffodils symbolise rebirth and awakening.

Daffodils have different meanings in different countries. In China they bloom around Chinese New Year, and symbolize good luck, prosperity, and good fortune and in France they symbolise hope.

It seems to receive one daffodil implies misfortune, whilst several daffodils mean joy and happiness.

I can think of no better reason to grow and give daffodils in plenty than to spread Joy and Happiness.

I have no idea what the restrictions will be like for our next shoot but if you have any ideas of how we can produce next month’s flower portrait – a fabulous location, or props to build a shoot around without a model please do message our page @zoutmanandhansen

@madamllamas

Birgitta & Amy xx

 

Credits

  • Model: Flossie
  • Flowers, crowns, and ceramic vases available from: Madam Llama's Flower Bar
  • Photography: Birgitta Zoutman Photography