Friday, May 24, 2013

May's Flower

Tucked in the back corner of the garden, 
behind the magnolia tree,
  in the shadows, 
grows May's birth month flower,
a favourite of mine.

Lily of the Valley.

Waiting to be tucked into a tiny vase, here are some blooms resting on the charming, decades-old book that Daphne from Ivy, Phyllis and Me sent me last year.

When I was a young girl, I remember that some women would wear Lily of the Valley fragrance. 

 That may well be passé by now, but the scent is still heady and intoxicating.

Finding a home with a sprig of lilac, the air is perfumed by my cosy reading chair.

Enough sitting here for now, the house is calling to me to get things in order. With a big temperature drop since yesterday, the gardening will be put on hold for today in favour of addressing the indoor jobs: cleaning, sorting, pitching, maybe even ordering a desk. I miss having one!

Enjoy your weekend! 

Thank you for dropping by and for the comments you leave. I'm behind in responding, but will do so over the next couple of days. I'll sit by the sweet-smelling flowers and inhale my favourite scents of spring.

For the first time, I'm pleased to be linking with "A Favourite Thing" at Mockingbird Hill Cottage.



  1. My very fav of flowers. Beautiful, beautiful.

  2. Karen - lovely post - I am enjoying my Lillies of the Valley here too and what's left of my lilacs! It's very cool out in the garden this morning here as well...might be a good weekend for yard-saling and thrift shopping! Have a good weekend!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  3. Beautiful photos of the lily of the valley. I have them growing along the foundation in front and they are just starting to bloom. I picked a few yesterday and love their sweet scent. I hope it warms up! It's very wet here. Blessings, Pam

  4. Good Afternoon Karen, Thank you so much for mentioning me in your post, it was very kind of you. Do you know I love Lily of the Valley as the flowers are so delicate.... but I have real problems growing it. I have tried planting bulbs and I also bought plants in the green, but they just will not grow.
    Your Lily of the Valley looks lovely and perfect for a small vase. Lilac is another favourite of mine. Your house will smell beautiful whilst you are inside doing your housework.
    As always Karen, your photographs are stunning.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Best Wishes to you,

  5. These are amazing flowers as your photos Karen!
    Enjoy your week end!

  6. I love Lily of the Valley..was my mom's favorite flower..very nice photo's..

  7. My little bouquet in the kitchen window has faded so I'll have to pick some more. I used to have 'Muget de bois' perfume when I was a youngster. (that was many moons ago) I like the picture of the lily-of-the-valley with the lilac.

  8. Such delicate and pretty flowers. They are old-fashioned and sweet smelling which makes them winners in my book. But I have none in my garden - I'll look for some bulbs in the fall.

  9. Hello, I just came over from Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I think we are side by side in the link-up. It has been a long time since I have seen Lily of the valley. Your pictures are great! Have a wonderful weekend.


  10. I'm trying to think if I've ever seen Lily of the Valley in person? I don't think so. So very pretty and sweet. And your lilacs, such a lovely post.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  11. It's a perfume I love too, but sadly have no lily-of-the-valley in my garden. It is, truly, the scent of May.

  12. Now I realize how pretty lily-of-the-valley are! It is well known that theses flowers are grown in the northern part of Japan island" Hokkaido". Your lily-of-the-valley looks more bright in your it!!
    You too enjoy your weekend!

  13. Such a pretty, delicate flower!

    We too had the temperature drop...they forecasted "patchy" frost. Good thing I covered everything last night as what I see is a very hard frost, not patchy but everywhere!

    My yard is landscaped with light rugs, blankets, tupperware, and pots and pans! :)

  14. My lily of the valley are in bloom also. Such a wonderful scent when we walk out the door. I happen to have some lily of the valley fragrance in the cupboard

  15. Lily of the Valley is a favorite of mine. The flower is so pretty and delicate and the fragrance is heavenly. I always like perfumes that have Lily of the Valley as a key note. I am your newest follower. Stop by for a visit sometime.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  16. Hello fellow Canadian!:)

    Visiting via Claudia's. Your lovely link captured my attention! Can you believe I've never encountered this most delicate and pretty flower? How can this be? I grew up in Toronto and to my surprise, have never been lucky enough to have taken in the famous scent of this dainty beauty! I'll have to depend on your most gorgeous images for now.


  17. Absolutely gorgeous photos. The blooms are so delicate but intensely beautiful. Fragrance always takes things over the top, doesn't it?

  18. I love lily of the valley. We had them at one of our homes and it was always so neat to see them crop up each spring.

  19. Stunning photos. I can only imagine the scent of those beauties. I am way behind in my cleaning, too. Better get at it.

  20. What beautiful photos! My parents always had Lily of the Valley tucked in a back corner of their garden. I went looking for it this year, thinking I might bring a little home -- but it looks as if my dad has pulled it all out to make room for new things. I confess, I was a little sad. I might have to go BUY some of my own to tuck in the back corner of the garden at my house!

  21. They're gorgeous and fragrant. I used to wear lily of the valley cologne as a teen. Stunning photography, Karen. Hope it warms up for you soon.

  22. Gorgeous lily of the valley! They really do have a beautiful scent. We had a whole bunch of them growing by the back patio at our first little house.



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