Heavenly Delight

Heavenly Delight

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is one of the most heavenly of scents in the garden. For about two weeks every spring, I inundate my senses with this delicate gift of Nature. Life is good!

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30 Responses to Heavenly Delight

  1. Line says:

    Oh, so beautiful!! In Norwegian this flower is called Liljekonvall, I have always loved that flower name ๐Ÿ™‚ The flower is equally beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I could smell it now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, wait, I have it here as an essential oil! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, it is beautiful, but I think the real thing would have been better!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I love the Norwegian name – melodious – like the bells that they are. Yes, the real thing is always better. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I think Caswell-Massey does a nice job with their soaps and lotions. They substitute well enough in the off-season.

  2. Bettie says:

    Such a beautiful photo! Thanks for the sprig you gave me when we met last. Love it!

  3. My mother always had a tiny vase full of these on the kitchen sink. They are growing all over my yardโ€ฆI mean ALLLLLL over my yard. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love them. I think they are poisonous to animals and kids.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, the little red berries might prove a temptation, I suppose. Luckily, I’ve raised two boys and numerous pets without an incident. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautiful! I miss these flowers too… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. dorannrule says:

    So serene! I wish I had some.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Some people don’t like them in the garden because they tend to take over. But in the margins or as a ground cover under trees, where they can go crazy, they are truly delightful. That scent gives them high status in my garden.

  6. Treah says:

    My favorite scent….along with apple blossoms. Spring flowers are the best!

  7. mk says:

    I don’t know the fragrance, but the flower looks just as sweet as it can be.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Oh, dear, sorry to hear that. I suppose an good essential oil would give you an idea – pure olfactory bliss!

      • mk says:

        I made a trip to Whole Foods Market today in hopes I could find this fragrance, and the Universe provided! You’re right, this is a heavenly scent. My other favorite is orange blossom; it’s my good fortune that my near neighbor has an orange tree right next to my driveway. Thanks Eliza for this introduction.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        So happy to inspire! I also love orange blossom, but as you know, no citrus grows around here except in greenhouses. Orange blossom honey is wonderful as well.

  8. twoscamps says:

    What a beautiful flower (and photo too!). I do not know this fragrance either! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. I do love Lily of the Valley – we had so many at one time that we pulled them out. They can be invasive and the fragrance overwhelming. But I still miss that fragrance laying on the moist morning air. Gorgeous!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, I know what you mean about their spreading. I have seen some packed clumps around old houses. After fifteen years, mine have yet to take over and we are just beginning to have enough to feel ‘abundant.’ I would love to have a go at being overwhelmed by the fragrance! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for the reblog!

  10. Reblogged this on Lianne's Picks – best of the blogs and commented:
    And old-fashioned fragrance and flower that this old-fashioned gal just loves.

  11. bridget says:

    I’m planting lots of scented flowers in the garden. Have’nt got Lily of the Valley though. Must get some.

  12. Maria F. says:

    I had never seen these! They are beautiful!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Maria. They are a real treat! Native to Europe, they have become abundant in Eastern US, Northern Asia and England. Does best in zones 3-7.

  13. Robbie says:

    It is my birth flower-month of May- I believe…and the perfumre from this flower is so special! Mine is not blooming yet.but It is up + no flowers yet! Lovely photo of such a delicate beautify…it is amazing that it is so tiny and has such a “wonderful” fragrance. I sometimes just carry some around in my hand to smell at different times as I garden:-)

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Robbie. I do that, too, carry a sprig or two to sniff as I walk around the garden. Visiting friends love it when I hand them one, too. In Aromatherapy it is said “to lift depression and create a feeling of well-being” – so we are on the right track!

      • Robbie says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ victorian woman use to carry nosegays of fragrant flowers or herbs …or they called them tussie-mussie. I guess we are still doing it in a way:-)lol

  14. Sharon K. says:

    Beautiful. These remind me of my mom who always had a patch in a dark corner of the yard. Later she wore Muget de bois cologne.

    One rode in on a hosta I got from a friend many years ago. It’s grown into a nice little patch in my shade garden. They’re beautiful, delicate, and so fragrant, with the added bonus of looking good most of the summer. What’s not to love. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Some do complain that they take over, but so far, it hasn’t been a problem for me. I’ve got lots of room! Their fragrance makes it worth having them!

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