Flower of the Day: 01.05.2018 Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

This is a very old photo from my archives taken in 2011. We call these flowers “Maiglöckchen” in German, meaning Maybells and they appear regularly at the beginning of May. I had them in my garden once. I do not know where they came from, probably a seed found its was or a piece of root, but they arrived and almost took over. After 4-5 years I noticed that they are spread everywhere and so I began the task of removing them, which was not easy.

Now 7 years later I still find a few in between that begin to grow. They spread with their underground roots. Even my neighbour has some in his garden from me, but he has not yet noticed and I will not tell him. They are also extremely poisonous. I think it is a custom for young men to give them to young ladies on Mayday, but I am not so sure.

Flower of the Day: 01.05.2018 Lily of the Valley

15 thoughts on “Flower of the Day: 01.05.2018 Lily of the Valley

  1. Lily of the Valley was always my spring time scent. Kind of a tradition with me. Coty made the perfume: Meuget de Bois….something like that. I had no idea this plant was poisonous. It is a pretty little flower, though.

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    • I liked it at the beginning, but suddenly they were growing everywhere. My gardener warned me that they could get out of control and they almost did in my garden


  2. In France, EVERYB ODY gives them to everybody. As I’m highly allergic to their strong odour, they really make me feel ill within seconds or being nearby, I also had to insist of pulling them out of my garden whenever they started to grow. Now, after 10yrs, it’s bearable – and luckily, the many wishes I got online yesterday, don’t create an allergy…. 🙂

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    • It is also a bit of a custom in Switzerland. We had a guy in the office that always put them on the lady’s desks on Mayday. They are just a bit dominant in the garden with their creeping roots


  3. I too have clumps of these in my garden, but I didn’t know they were poisonous. Does one need to be more diligent in washing one’s hands? Or should one just avoid eating them – which I would anyway. They look nice in your photograph.

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  4. It seems that those who know lily of the valley think of it as a weed. I could never grow it, except for when we grew it as a cut flower crop back in 1986. My mother loves it, and I have given her many plants from gardens where they grow like weeds, but they do not like my mother’s garden! In my parents’ old wedding pictures, my mother wore a bit of lily of the valley in her veil. It has a long tradition for that sort of thing. I think that my great grandmother wore it in her wedding as well.

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    • It does seem to be a favourite for weddings. I would not classify it as a weed, more a rambler, and it really spreads. It almost took over my garden within two years and it still returns now and again

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      • I have not seen it in weddings for a while, but I can spot it in almost all pictures of weddings prior to the 1980s. It was a classic in the 1960s’. Wedding flowers are not what they used to be. They all look so phony now.

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