Lily of the Valley...one of my favorite flowers of spring. The scent is sweet and intoxicating in the home. Yes, they do indeed have a scent. Once back home this week, I was over joyed to see the flower bed was in bloom with hundreds of them. When I left, they were still just the green leaves. When I moved in back in 2001, I got a few bulbs to plant, and now in my bed alone there are well over 200 of them...they spread like wildfire, and a few neighbors have even dug some up and started there own bed which have flourished. The condo association is all for gardening and planting here which is nice.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
PRETTY, BUT DEADLY
Since I'm always gone so much over the years and couldn't tend to flowers, I created a "greenery" along my condo building, with ivy, ferns, hosta, mini irises, and the Lily of the Valley which will stay green and leafy all summer once blooming is done.
I save the gardening for the mother's house. I went out to harvest some stems on Tuesday morning and they are just everywhere. It's often also where the fox will play late at night, scampering around. Often times too, the birds will be under the leafing getting the fallen bird seeds. I'm lucky to have so much Lily of the Valley, as they are the second most expensive flower one can buy from a florist, which is why you rarely see it in a shop. Just a small nosegay will run between $40-50.My harvest....
But like the Mistress, it is pretty but deadly. Ask my last three husbands!!!!!! Lily of the Valley is highly toxic to both people and animals when ingested. All parts of the planet, including the flowers bells that often tempt children and animals to eat contain cardiac glycosides, which will impact the heart. They are a "grade 1" deadly flower on the poison scale. They can induce cardiac arrest, severe and altering seizures, extreme violent nausea, cause hallucinations and death. They are delicate, gorgeous and a tantalizing flower but one of the deadliest flowers in existence. But as long as you don't eat them you'll be fine. I got four vases filled.
I'm currently sending off a batch of my Lily Cookies to half the members of the GQP, with my left over lily of the valley.... while Bonnie and Clyde keep me company, the dears.