Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

The Lily of the Valley are in bloom right beneath my bedroom window.  I always have this dilemma: close the window to keep out the pollen and dust or leave it open so I can enjoy the fragrance.

If you Google this flower, you will learn of its "medicinal" uses.  I don't advise anyone play doctor with this pretty little plant.  All parts are poisonous so any medicinal value would have to come with fine print warnings or a rapidly stated list of potential side-effects, including death.  Oh...so it is just like any other modern day medical drug advertised these days!

15 comments:

  1. I have always loved lily of the valley, but I haven't been successful growing it. Enjoy yours while they last.

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  2. Yes, some of those advertisements from the medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex make having typical maladies sound like a walk in the park compared to the ill effects from the drugs. But I alway notice that sun shines and the people in the ads are smiling and happily consumed in some sort of relaxed domestic activity.

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  3. How true! Sometimes I think I'll just take my chances with the disease. Enjoy your flowers!!!!!!

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  4. So true. It is just like our modern drugs. I love these flowers. I just transplanted some from my Mom's house to my house. We'll see how they do. I hope the animals don't eat them and get sick. If those bunnies that destroy all my other flowers end up dead, I guess you can blame my lily of the valley. Truthfully, I think the bunnies and other animals are smarter than humans, they will not eat the flowers.

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  5. It is too bad that something so beautiful could be so poisonous. Who knew?

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  6. I don't think I have ever had the pleasure. I usually take a pill and open the windows.
    I think the most disgusting side effect for a medicine i ever heard was that it could produce oily gas. Sheesh.

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  7. They are romantic and nostalgic and something we all recognize.

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  8. Mine are past already, but I enjoyed the fragrance while it lasted.

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  9. I love your smart, clever observation. But if the plant is poisonous, maybe that's the problem with the pollen?

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  10. A lovely flower, but I always felt it didn't bottle well (re soaps and perfume sprays). When we were young that fragrance and Coty L'Aimant were all the rage.

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  11. Wouldn't play doctor with the plant but it is lovely.

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  12. I have some, too! I had a great time at the wedding, grandkids were adorable! Can't wait to do up photos! TTL

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  13. Ahhh... I love lilies of the valley. I had a bed of them at our home in Illinois, but they spread into the lawn like wildfire. Granted they were fragrant wildfire. I loved it when my first graders would bring them in for me. Ahhhh.... the memories.

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  14. I really miss lily of the valley. They are so beautiful and they really do remind me of my childhood. As for today's medicines -- I listen to some of the commercials and the 8 mile list of possible side effects and I wonder how anyone could be brave enough to take them!

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  15. Oh, yes! Me, too. I didn't remember I had them. Another bonus to old age!

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