In France, the tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers goes back to May 1, 1561 when King Charles IX was presented with a bouquet as a token of luck and prosperity. Now on May Day or the Fete du Muguet, lilies of the valley are fondly sold throughout the country - from roadside stands to supermarkets.
At home, our lilies of the valley are blooming right on schedule despite spring's late arrival this year. All of them were gifted by my friend Charlet - they were transplanted from her garden. I love gathering a few bunches to enjoy. Just a bit of caution: these dainty, sweet-scented beauties can be invasive, and all parts of them are poisonous.
A generous bunch of lilies of the valley for our shop. So pretty! So spring!! The mirror with gilded Greek key border is French Louis Philippe. The greeny-blue painted chest is Swedish Gustavian.
Another bunch for our kitchen. These petite bell-shaped flowers infuse the air with a delightful fragrance - doing dishes just got a little better :)
Meet Lemon Drops! I also picked a few of these charming Narcissi from our small courtyard garden. Their fresh cream-and-lemon palette looks especially cheerful with our gray walls, furniture and floors.
Speaking of our home, do you remember this post? Many of you have asked about the progress of our house search and real estate listing for our home. Tom and I had planned to officially list it right about now.....with the gardens in bloom. We have decided not to list our home at this time. Why? There has not been anything on the market that we liked or wanted to renovate. Plus, the smaller properties that we were focusing on have been selling extremely fast and, often times, with multiple bids. So for now, we'll continue to enjoy our home. Thanks for all of your interest, support and kind words.