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Lily of the Valley Blooms

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Lily of the Valley in our garden.

May is the month that the Lily of the Valley flowers bloom. Luckily, in our garden we have a huge section planted with Lily of the Valley flowers. These lilies are the first one to bloom during Spring. The Lily is  mostly used as Wedding bouquets, as evidenced by Catherine Middleton's traditional royal bouquet when she wed Prince William last year. The Lily can be used for other purposes too: for perfumes, soaps, body oil, room spray, drawer sachet and even candles. Vogue.com featured some products that were made from this beautiful and fragrant flower.

Lily of the Valley in our garden.



Here are some Design Inspirations using Lily of the Valley:

1. Royal Wedding Bouquet.



Sarah Brown from US Vogue wrote: 'As the story goes, on the first of May 1561, King Charles of France—who was ten at the time—was presented with a fragrant bunch of muguet: the delicate green sprigs capped with tiny white bells that we know as lily of the valley. It was a gesture signifying luck and prosperity, which so touched the king, he continued the tradition by giving the sweet-smelling blossoms to the ladies of his court each year on the same day. La Fête du Muguet continues in France today, and though men, who wear a few stems in their lapel, still present women with fresh bouquets, a tradition of the bottled kind has sprung up, too. The scent of these flowers, in bloom just a couple of weeks each year, has bewitched perfumers for centuries. The most famous muguet is certainly Diorissimo, the landmark fragrance Edmond Roudnitska created for Christian Dior in 1955. Dior had become so taken with his “lucky flower,” he established it as the emblem of his couture house and took to sewing fresh sprigs into the hems of his dresses; when his models did their customary twirl, the delicate scent would fill the salon. Guerlain’s long-standing affair with the bloom traces back to the house’s founder, Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, who created their first Muguet in 1840. Since 2005, Guerlain has released limited editions every May 1, each reflecting the nuances of the previous season’s harvest. This year’s, of which there are a scant 250 bottles available in the U.S., comes in a hand-numbered flacon. An instant classic—until next year.'


2. Some perfumes, soap and  a Drawer sachet.




3. Diptyque Candle.





4. Crabtree & Evelyn  Lily Dusting Powder.




5. Annick Goutal's Le Muguet  Perfume.




Read Sarah Brown's Vogue article, May Day Beauty  for more Lily of the Valley design inspirations.



Photo credits: Lily of the Valley in our garden (my photos), US Vogue May 2012 and Vogue.com


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  1. OMG I LOVE these..they are called liljekonvalj in swedish. I used to pick them to my mother on mothers day...it almost bring tears to my eyes.

    Have a divine weekend dear:)

    BIG LOVE Maria

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    1. Dear Maria, that was a touching story about you and your mom. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Pamela,
    Love this. Pretty pictures. Your garden must be lovely! Fun to know all the history behind all these perfumes too.
    I nominated you for an award on my blog and posted a picture of my bag!
    Thanks so much

    xo
    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks once again. God bless your generous heart. Love Pamela

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