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. 

Monarch

This beauty caught my attention walking into the bookstore at my daughter’s university in Virginia a couple weeks ago. Here in NY, a layer of frost had already covered our lawn. In Virginia, these flowers were still in bloom despite the orange leaves falling from the trees.The Farmer’s Almanac (along with a few other sites I researched) reports that these Monarch beauties only survive 2-3 weeks after hatching from their chrysalis, yet discuss the 2,500-3,000mile migration from the North to Mexico and California beginning in October. I wonder how many actually make the trip since their life span is so short…?“Monarch butterflies travel as much as 100 miles a day during its 3,000-mile migration south. During its migration, each butterfly relies on the huge volume of food it ate when it was a caterpillar for fuel.” – https://www.farmersalmanac.com/monarch-butterfly-facts-32092