Lily of the Valley

Normally, I’m not appreciative enough of our Lily of the Valley. This year, for no reason in particular, I’ve really been enjoying it.

It’s a sizable patch located outside our back door and the joke at my house is, “you can’t kill it”. I’ve tried. The section of the Lily of the Valley is in a peculiar location near our hose. I’m always yanking the hose through the leaves and the last three years I’ve decided to replace the Lily of the Valley with concrete to better accommodate the hose. Of course, I never got around to this and left the patch of green.

Three years in a row, I’ve pulled the stuff out by the roots (so I thought). But each subsequent year, that patch has returned as hearty as ever. 

Right now, it’s beautiful and fragrant. I love very fragrant flowers so every time I go into the back door, it’s a blessing! Once the white flowers are gone, it’s just a green patch of very strong leaves.

This year, I have a new appreciation for our little section of Lily of the Valley. 

17 thoughts on “Lily of the Valley

  1. Loved your photos. I can almost smell the flowers. Lily of the Valley was a favorite of my mother. She had a tiny vase with a pin, and she’d cut a few stalks to wear to work or church so she could enjoy them all day. She gave me a start with a few plants I took on the plane. Unfortunately, ours were not as hardy as yours, and I had none to move to NC. I’m thrilled you have plenty to enjoy.

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    • I love how your Mom wore a mini vase! What a special visual you have of her cutting them to wear. Enjoying lily of the valley fragrance all day would be a treat.

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    • I have admittedly not treated them with great care and yet they have flourished and thickened year after year! Maybe yours will eventually surprise you by filling in.


  2. It is such a delicate, beautiful flower, but I’ve never tried to grow it so I hadn’t thought about it being fragrant. I’ll have to look into growing climate and deer resistance, but I’d love to give it a try. I’m glad it survived and is giving you pleasure. Is there a survival metaphor good for these hard times tucked amid those flowers?😉

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  3. We should take a lesson in tenacity from those dainty flowers! We have fought with the walnut trees to get anything to grow. But the Lily of the Valley are unaffected and have thrived. We are in the process of planting them in all the areas that have been nearly bare dirt – and they are doing well!

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