Yesterday was the universal Labor Day, May first, and the day that France celebrate with “Muguet”, tons of it!
This is a flower I love and it’s hard to find in the U.S.
Not only all the flower shops are offering them but there are literally one Lily of the Valley stand at every corner of every street!
“Je porte Bonheur” means “I bring happiness” and this is what this flower is supposed to do for the recipient.
I have a preference for fragrant flowers and Lily of the valley is a tiny flower that perfumes the whole room! The flower is also known as Our Lady’s tears, since, according to Christian legend, the lily of the valley came into being from Eve’s tears after she was driven with Adam from the Garden of Eden,although this seems unlikely, since in Catholic parlance, “Our Lady” refers to the Virgin Mary. Another Christian legend states that Mary’s tears turned to lily of the valley when she cried at the crucifixion of Jesus, and because of this it is also known as Mary’s tears.
Some of the florists are mixing them with roses (above and below):
but I love them by themselves, pure, white, fragrant and unassuming…
Other names include May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, male lily, and muguet (French).
“Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
In the fragrant vernal days
Is the Lily of the Valley
With its soft, retiring ways.”
“Like the Lily of the Valley
In her honesty and worth,
Ah, she blooms in truth and virtue
In the quiet nooks of earth.” Paul Laurence Dunbar
I love this picture, the talented Marie Ancolie Romanet, sent me yesterday…exquisite!