Lilly of the Valley
The flower is also known as Our Lady’s tears, since, according to Christian legend, the lily of the valley came into being from Eve’s tears after she was driven with Adam from the Garden of Eden. Another Christian legend states that Mary’s tears turned to lily of the valley when she cried at the crucifixion of Jesus, and because of this it is also known as Mary’s tears.
According to another legend, lilies of the valley also sprang from the blood of Saint Leonard of Noblac during his battles with a dragon. It is a symbol of humility in religious painting. Lily of the valley is considered the sign of Christ’s second coming. The power of men ( I’m sure by men “they” mean the human race wink, wink) to envision a better world was also attributed to the lily of the valley.
Other names and legends
Other names include May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, male lily. In French it’s muguet and traditionally, lily of the valley is sold in the streets of France on May 1.
Its scientific name, majalis or maialis, means “of or belonging to May”, and old astrological books place the plant under the dominion of Mercury, since Maia, the daughter of Atlas, was the mother of Mercury or Hermes.
In the “language of flowers”, the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May.
For me lily of the valley reminds me of Spring, of rebirth, of the power and wonder that is mother nature… to create something so exquisite and so deadly at the same time. Is it divine intervention that lily of the valley must be handled with reverence?
It’s no accident that these tiny perfect flowers have landed in a vase that once belonged to my grandmother. This vase inspires me… 1 because I loved my grandmother very much, 2 because I love the colors, and 3 because I love Roosters. It has such a wonderful 1950 feel to it… I have to urge to whip up some matching curtains.
It’s also not by accident that this post is on Sunday… peace.