the flower of luck is early this year

LINEN FROM THE VALLEY. It is traditional to offer a lily branch from the valley on May 1 to loved ones. This year, these beautiful flowers are early and the harvest has already begun.

[Mis à jour le 22 avril 2022 à 14h31] The 1st of May is approaching and the harvest of lily twigs from the valley has begun so that you can offer them to your loved ones. The whole sector is working to ensure that there is enough for everyone and that this beautiful flower is preserved until D-Day. This tradition, firmly rooted in the habits of the French, is perpetuated year after year. To add a touch of originality to this custom, you can also send a beautiful photo of this famous lily branch of the valley by email or message.

On the occasion of May 1, it’s time to share a twig or bouquet of lily of the valley with your loved ones. The lily of the valley celebrates the arrival of spring and is a real amulet of luck. We thought of all those who could not offer lily of the valley in person. So we have selected for you the most beautiful photos and images of lily of the valley so you can send some luck to your friends and family. Lily of the valley, bouquet of lily of the valley, image of a lucky lily of the valley or rather photo of lily of the valley in a garden … You just have to choose! Choose an image or photo, click on the magnifying glass and right-click to “save as” the lily of the valley you like:

To give luck to your friends and family, you can send them a lily card from the May Day Valley. Our animated cards will create a surprise in the mailboxes to celebrate Labor Day. You can schedule your card to be sent to the recipient of your choice and it will be sent with your message on the date and time indicated. Whether you prefer a photo or an image of a lily of the valley, here is our selection:

Do you know why the lily of the valley is in the spotlight on Labor Day? If the flower with white bells is sold on May 1, it is mainly a matter of tradition dating back to 1561. Charles IX, who had received a branch on that date, decided to offer it every year to the ladies of the court. At that time, the tradition became very popular in 1900, when the lily of the valley was at the center of a party organized by Parisian fashion designers on the May. In the language of flowers, the lily of the valley has been an amulet of luck since the Middle Ages, simply because it symbolizes the return of spring and heralds sunny days. May was also the month of weddings and the bride and groom hung a lily bouquet from the valley on their future wife’s door. When you receive or offer a lily of the valley, count the number of bells: if there are 13, it is a symbol of eternal happiness!

The lily of the valley normally blooms from late April to mid-May, just in time to arrive on May 1 as an amulet of luck. Its flowering is very short, but for an apartment culture, it is possible to play with light to speed up or slow down the process, with the aim of having beautiful bells on May 1st.

Planted or potted lily of the valley requires no maintenance other than regular watering. Its worst enemy: a dry soil that catches its roots. So feel free to water it a bit every evening, especially in the summer, but don’t wet the foliage that can’t stand it. If you have received lily of the valley in a pot, you can easily plant it in the garden after it blooms. When cutting the threads, they should remember to cut the bottom of the stems at an angle and place them in a jar half full of water, being careful that the leaves do not get in with the water. Avoid placing the vase in the sun or in a draft. To keep the lily of the valley longer, change the water regularly.

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In areas where the winters are rather mild, the lily of the valley is planted in mid-autumn. For the places most exposed to the winter cold, it will be good to wait until the end of the frosts, during the month of March. The claws (underground part of the stem with several roots and a living shoot) should be planted shallow enough for the shoot to protrude from the ground. The latter should be fresh, loose and rich enough. Choose compost over fertilizer.
If you plant the lily of the valley on the ground, choose an undergrowth-like spot to give shade and moisture to the plant. If you want a real massif, count about fifteen claws per m². But if you have patience, your thrush will proliferate on its own if it feels good where it is.

The lily bells of the valley do not cease to seduce every year but bear the flower of the 1er May in our interiors is not without risk because it contains convalearin, a very toxic substance. Therefore, you should be careful if you buy a lily branch from the valley or a bouquet. Never let babies and toddlers play with lily of the valley and call a poison control center immediately if, despite your vigilance, your child has chewed some lily of the valley. You should also be especially vigilant if you have pets, as ingestion can cause fatal poisoning. Know that the whole plant is toxic and even the water in the vase. So be sure to place the lily branches in the valley in a place inaccessible to cats, dogs, and other companions.

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