Monday, April 28, 2008

Lily of the Valley

Just add these to my list of favorite flowers. My mom's name is Lillie, so they hold a special place in my heart, of course. They also remind me of her sister, my Aunt Mary, who passed away a few years ago. She was always very dear to me.

She had them spread all over her yard in Georgia. One year, mom and I dug up as many bulbs of hers that we could and lugged them home in a big garbage bag. I can still see us pulling (literally) the bag through that big ol' Atlanta airport, just barely making our plane. I'm surprised they allowed us to carry it on board. Ew.

When we made it home, one of the ugliest bugs crawled out! Gives me the heebie jeebies to this day. Mom used to laugh and say "Remember that old ugly bug we brought back from Georgia!" and we would just giggle about our shenanigans.

I wanted to have my wedding bouquet made of lily of the valley; but in March, they were very hard to find so I settled for white lilacs (no fragrance to them, unfortunately).

The azaleas are also in bloom. Some of the bushes didn't make it through the winter. Well, they have a little green at the bottom, so I will wait and see what is actually alive and which truly have bit the dust. Such a pretty pink.

And Bella, she's always in bloom. Cute little princess that she is.

Thank you for all your sweet comments from my Friendship post. I had noticed that my tag said "Old Friends" and last night I didn't feel like changing it. But now that I do have so many new friends in Blogland, I truly did need to change that. All done. I received a phone call from one of my "old friends;" and she will be in Atlanta next week. Her son won the regional science fair's grand prize in Baltimore and is going on to the finals! How exciting. Being the ditz that I am, it hadn't even entered my mind about meeting up with her there. It's really not that far of a drive from here. Yay! I can't wait to see her. I think my problem is that I have just fallen into such a routine for so many years, that I need a little nudge to come out. Thanks Aim for the gentle push. One of my other "old" friends just wrote me the sweetest letter that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Pammy. I truly do have the best friends ever.


Mrs.French said...

I love these photos! Especially the one of the sweet kitty! :)

GreenishLady said...

I love the scent of Lily of the Valley. Even Avon roll-on perfume. It reminds me of a ceremony that was held every May in my school where a crown of lily-of-the-valley was made for Mary. Sweet.

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I'm going to have to remember to pick up some of these bulbs...they are special to me as they are my birth month flower and also Hubby's Southern Grandmother grew them in her side yard and it was such a pretty spot!

Have a great evening!☺

Vallen said...

Do you know I don't think I have ever seen a real lily of the valley. Yours are perfection.

robin bird said...

such pretty pictures! the lily of the valley is among my favorite old fashioned flowers. i adore the scent of them. they always make me think of my grandmother who i can still see when i close my eyes. she is holding a tight little bunch of them picked fresh from the enormous flock of them she had crawling all through the woods around her home. she has wrapped them in tin foil with wet paper towels underneath to keep them fresh. she is holding them out to my mother and it is easter sunday. every year she did this.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love lilies of the valley and their gorgeous perfume! Really beautiful!



Anonymous said...

Ohhh gorgeous!! I'm waiting for mine over here...but as with everything I'm a good month behind ;-) (That includes the package ;-)!! No, seriously, today I managed to deliver it to the post office, just before heading to work ;-)They say it will take ca 5 days :-)) Lilly of the Valley reminds me of my grandmother who all here life used a perfume that smelled just like that, and ofcourse her garden was filled with them as well :-) Last year I dug up a few of them, and planted them on her, and grandpa's grave.

Janet said...

Beautiful photos!! Your kitty is so cute.

I tried to email you just a few minutes ago and it came back as undeliverable!!



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