Hi everyone, when we got home from our trip this past weekend the front gardens Lilies of the Valley flowers were blooming. Lily of the Valley holds a special meaning for me since they were my grandma’s favorite flower. Each were completely opened and waiting to be gathered and brought inside.
The lilies of the valley
stand tall in
my garden patch.
I savor their brief time –
this special moment –
as death hovers
over the horizon.
For married couples Lilies of the Valley means the return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you’ve made my life complete, humility, happiness, love’s good fortune.
Lilies of the valley appear in several Christian Bible stories. It is said that lilies of the valley grew from the spot where Mary’s tears hit the ground at the foot of the cross.
The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve’s tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as the flower of May.
Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
In the fragrant vernal days
Is the Lily of the Valley
With its soft, retiring ways.
Well you choose this humble blossom
As the nurses emblem flower,
Who grows more like her ideal
Every day and every hour.
Like the Lily of the Valley
In her honestly and worth,
Ah, she blooms in true and virtue
In the quiet nooks of earth.
Tho’ she stand erect in honor
When the heart of mankind bleeds,
Still she hides her own deserving
In the beauty of her deeds.
In the silence of the darkness
Where no eye may see or know,
There her footprints shod with mercy
And fleet kindness come and go.
Not amid the sounds of plaudits
Nor before the garish day,
Does she shed her soul’s sweet perfume
Does she take her gentle way.
But alike her ideal flower,
With its honey-laden breath,
Still her heart blooms forth it beauty
In the valley shades of death.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
A flower as beautiful as the lily-of-the-valley are poisonous and is dangerous if ingested. In the past, one of these toxins, convallatoxin, was widely used as a heart medication. One of the most active natural substances affecting the heart is convallotoxin. It causes slow, irregular pulse rates and can cause heart failure. The plant also contains saponins which cause gastrointestinal poisoning.
Lily of the valley is sometimes cultivated as a source of perfume. The leaves have been historically used to produce green dye. Teas and ointments from this plant are used for burns, fever and as a sedative and diuretic.
Do you have any lilies of the valley in your garden?