Monday, 16 February 2009

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley is sometimes known as Our Lady's Tears as it was thought that its fragrant blooms sprang from the tears of the Virgin Mary. It has long been used as a perfume and was once believed seductive enough to lure the nightingale into mating. In France, it has been used to bring good luck since the early Renaissance and you will often find it adorning the lapels of people there on May Day which is known as the Fete de Muguet. Old folk tales claim that Lily of the valley protects your garden from evil spirits. Carrying a posy of the flowers is said to improve your memory.

Due to the flower's pristine colour and its association with the Virgin Mary's tears, it often symbolizes “purity” and the "return of happiness."

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