Oct. 19, 2021

lily-of-the-valley, Convallaria majalis

Here are those cheerful lilies-of-the-valley. In Victorian days they became symbols of the return of happiness. Makes sense for this spring bloom. Jessica Roux in her Floriography describes the use of flowers for communication in that buttoned up time. Present someone with a bouquet of these and they know you've found happiness again. Pair lilies-of-the-valley with yarrow to bring happiness to someone else. Oops, lilies-of-the-valley and yarrow in the same season? Anyway, we can now find our happiness in AL, AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 5/1/12. Lily-of-the-valley family, Convallariaceae.