Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flower of the Week

Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

We got this beautiful Lily of Valley into the shop and have been happily breathing in its scent all week long. With May almost upon us, what better excuse did we need to feature it as our Flower of the Week?

Traditionally a symbol of the arrival of spring and of the month of May, Lily of the Valley is the subject of multiple cultural legends. In the Christian tradition, these lilies are known as Our Lady's Tears - the flowers having sprung from the Virgin Mary's weeping eyes during the crucifixion of Jesus. In religious artwork, they are a symbol of humility. 

In the Victorian language of flowers,  Lily of the Valley was a symbol of sweetness, humility, happiness, and purity of heart. It is also sometimes carried by brides for luck, in addition to the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. 

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