Monday, May 4, 2009

Lily of the Valley

Today's Wonder of the World is...the Lily of the Valley!

Flickr photo by ladybugdiscovery
Friends, I just can't believe that I let Friday go by without wishing you a happy May Day!
Didn't my time in France teach me anything?
Happy belated May Day to you!
Allow me to send you a virtual bouquet of muguets just as I'd do in France, to celebrate friendship and the arrival of spring.

Or maybe this card would suffice.

Flickr photo by mpt.1607
See? Even strange little dancing cats enjoy passing out flowers to their friends on le premier mai.
If we were in France, I could buy you a bouquet of muguets from a roadside vendor.


Flickr photo by pilllpat {agence eureka}

Maybe from this gentleman.

Flickr photo by eddiemalone
Did you know that the May Day muguet custom is so popular that everyone is allowed to set up shop? You don't even need a permit to have your own stand.
The custom started back in 1561 when someone gave King Charles IX a bouquet as a good luck charm, and he started handing them out to the ladies of the court. Now everyone does it, and you get a kiss in return, of course!

I'd be happy to give out kisses if I could fill my house with that sweet fragrance.
Happy Spring, my friends!

Flickr photo by taamr ak
Your friendship means so much to me!

Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!
Love, Becky

PS. Enjoy this little Lily of the Valley ditty from Ethel Mertz.

21 comments:

Kim said...

I spent most of last night (at least until it got dark) transplanting some lily of the valley...of course none of mine are blooming yet, but soon!
Have a good day.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I have some of flowers similar to these-a friend gave me the plants a few years ago. Such delicate, yet fun little flowers.

LW said...

And a belated Happy May Day to you…

We had a wonderful patch of lily of the valley that we inherited with our first house. I looked forward to the wonderful smell each May. The patch was under our bedroom window, it was like sleeping in heaven…

Louise

Susan said...

Happy May Day! I've also read that this lovely plant has wonderful medicinal properties. Happy Monday, Susan

TattingChic said...

I just LOVE lilies-of-the-valley! They are one of my favorite flowers! Oddly, I've never seen one in real life! Isn't that sad! I would love to have some in a garden one day along with bleeding hearts! :)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Oh how I love this tiny fragile white flower, the lily of valley is one of my favorites.
Happy May Day to you too.
I always love to stop by and see what you are up to.
Enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

adrienne said...

My mom grew these and we were always so excited to see them poking up out of the ground! I wish I could grow them here.

lotusgirl said...

I love muguets too. My birthday is may so I feel a special connection to them. I can't have them in the house though. They make my husband sneeze.

Sherry said...

I've always adored Ethel Mertz.
I didn't know about the French custom. Thanks for the info!

david mcmahon said...

That first shot is superbly composed, with a great use of colour contrast.

Barb said...

Happy belated May day to you!

I love lilies-of-the valley. They remind me of my childhood. We had them planted around the base of a large Oak tree. They officially told us spring had sprung.

The video was fun. I thought Ethel rocked!

Have a great Monday.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Lily of the Valley is one of my top five favorite flowers.

JaxPop said...

I hope Deb doesn't see this post. She'll want to plant the stuff & I'm worn out from "her" latest botanical craze. By the way - Cinco de Mayo was invented for folks that forgot to wish everyone a happy May Day - but it seems kinda weird to celebrate mayonnaise.

May Vanderbilt said...

Aw! What a sweet tradition. And if we were in Hawaii, it would be Lei Day. And I could give you a lei to make your day.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'd love that, May.
And how about that...a day just for you! May day!

I love all these sweet smelling muguet memories!

Jaxpop, I should send you a bottle of Hellmans tomorrow!

Jojo said...

That sweet delicate fragrance is heavenly. Happy May Day to you and to your health!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

Happy May Day to you! Wish we had some fragrant flowers here.

Mary said...

I had no idea that Vivian could sing. Love the Lily pictures that you shared. I don't see those growing around here(northern Arkansas), perhaps they do not do well here?

Kelly H-Y said...

I LOVE Lily of the Valley ... and have discovered that they spread like wildfire in a garden ... not a bad thing! :-)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I do love their smell, though I've never been able to get any to grow around here...

Paris said...

Lily of the Valley...mmmm...forgot about those flowers. They are beautiful! Love the old pictures you included today.

Hope you had a good weekend! :)