Lily of the Valley 101
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There are 4 things to keep in mind with Lily of the Valley:
- Lilies of the valley are clusters of tiny white bell flowers hanging from a single stem. The flowers are surrounded by their large, pointed, deep green leaves. Flowers should be cut or purchased when most of the blossoms are fully open, with just a few buds on top. The fragrance is pleasantly strong.
- Older lilies of the valley have flowers beginning to dry out and brown around the edges. The fragrance is mild to none.
- The stems of lilies of the valley are connected and enclosed by the base of their leaves. Gently pull this connection apart and recut the stems and leaf base before putting in water. The flowers will last longer.
- The scent of lilies of the valley is so powerful that just a few flowers will fill a room with fragrance. Try some next to a bedside table or near a workplace. This little spring flower’s perfume is a great escape.
Here are some facts about lily of the valley:
Names: Lily of the Valley, Convallaria
Varieties: The single variety is most common and popular, but there is a double white variety as well.
Colors: White, but sometimes pale pink varieties are available.
Scent: Very fragrant. A few flowers can scent a room. Lily of the valley is widely used in the manufacture of perfume.
Freshness: Most of the bell-shaped flowers are open, with just a few buds on top to bloom. If the flowers are closed on the stem when cut, they will probably not open.
Vase Life: 4 to 5 days.
Availability: Lilies of the valley only bloom briefly in the spring, but they are available year round in limited quantities.
Cost: Spring—moderately priced. Other seasons—very expensive.
Meaning: Happiness or the return of happiness.
Arranging Tip: Try just a few sprigs on your bedside table for sweet dreams.
Growing Tip: Lilies of the valley prefer a shady spot in the garden. The plants will take a few years to establish and flower, so be patient. Lilies of the valley are worth the wait. Once established, they will thrive spring after spring.
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