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

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  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

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  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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