This is how they look in my garden today.
We have a small garden patch just under our bedroom window. At this time of the year the fragrance can almost knock you out. Lily of the Valley is the flower.I was 16 years old and in the hospital with appendicitis. When I woke up, after surgery, there was a gift waiting for me. It was a very small bottle of "Muguet de Bois." The perfume smelled like lilies of the valley. I loved this little bottle of perfume and have always remembered it. Brides have long used these flowers in wedding bouquets.The meaning of Lily of the Valley is....Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune. 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. In France, they celebrate by exchanging sprigs of muguet (lily-of- the-valley)This has been a custom for many years starting with Charles the IX who gave all the ladies bouquets of this charming flower. I love the flower even though it's little roots tunnel everywhere and is a bit hard to control. It likes to crowd in around the air conditioner and into the lawn. It is a tad hard to contain, but we feel the fragrance is worth it. Most pretty flowers have a little drawback...rose's thorns for example. I think we people have a few irritating qualities too, but we accept each other for what we are and disregard their thorns.