It is a tradition on this day to offer a sprig of this flower, sometimes accompanied by a single rose bud, to friends and loved ones alike as a token of luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
Each year one of the estate workers wives leaves a little gift of flowers at the chateau gates which are always a pleasure to receive. She's much too timid to knock!
So this year we've decided to join in and in true Long Dog style have come up with this little concoction which needs no water and will keep forever - or at least until the beads drop off .
Look - even the back has been stitched. How's that for attention to detail. So all it leaves now is for Mouche, Geordie and me to wish you all good health and good luck for the coming months or at least until your beads drop off.