Yep, Lee Duncan called daffodils "March Pinks," and I don't think it ever failed to get a reaction out of us kids. March pinks? Pinks? If he doesn't want to call them daffodils, fine, but can't he see that those flowers are yellow?
Now, I wonder where he heard that name. Now, I wish I could sit with him and pepper him with questions, from the minute ones (like Why do you call that flower by that name?) to the all encompassing ones (like What made you believe so whole-heartedly in doing things according to the signs of the moon?)
I know exactly what James and Kate would ask him, if they had been alive when he was. . . How bad did it hurt when you cut off your finger, and did you really "feel" it years after it was gone??
I do love words and history and pop culture, so I realize that March Pinks might have been a common name for daffodils in the early 1900's. Still, I figure Lee Duncan might have made the explanation into a fairly entertaining story. Happy Springtime, Granddaddy!