Monday, May 9, 2011

May's Birthday Flower --- Lily of the Valley

Birthdays happen every year whether we are prepared for them or not. As we get older it becomes a challenge to shop for someone whom has everything or at least seems to. One of the easiest ways to surprise and simplify is choose a plant or bouquet of the birth flowers associated with the month.



For May birthdays the flower of choice is Lily of the Valley. Lily of the Valley is traditionally a white bell shaped flower that grows in the spring, as the season progresses it produces sweet berries in place of the flowers. However, while a fruit producing flower all parts of the plant are poisonous. Botanically it is known as "Convallaria Magalis".



While this flower is distributed widely in the United States and across the rest of North America it still grows as a wild flower in England. England is where the lily of the valley originated. This flower gives off a lovely scent that attracts pollinating bees as well as us.





Flowers have meaning associated with them and Lily of the Valley is no different in this. The meaning of flowers can be located in many cultures in history from China to England and brought to the New World by pioneers. Over the years the meaning of individual flowers have changed and evolved based on location and societies needs at the time in history.



Lilies of the Valley are no different and the following meanings have been associated with them over the years:



Return of happiness

Purity

Chastity

Sweetness

Humility

Tears of the Virgin Mary

Humbleness





Birthdays happen every year whether we are prepared for them or not. As we get older it becomes a challenge to shop for someone whom has everything or at least seems to. One of the easiest ways to surprise and simplify is choose a plant or bouquet of the birth flowers associated with the month.




Birthstone flowers for the months of:  January, February, March, April



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