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Sunday, April 30, 2006


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Judy Harris

Since I first saw and smelled muguet, I've loved it. It usually blooms out before May 1 here. But one year it was a little late and I took a sprig to my French teacher, not even thinking about the date -- which happened to be May 1. She began to cry with happiness! Then she explained that she grew up in France with this tradition that a gift of muguet on the first of May brings good luck. She had lived here for years and had not realized how much that tradition meant.I love serendipity! As it happens, mine is blooming today as we have had an unusually cool, late spring again this year. Du Bonheur!

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,

I love Lily of the Valley! I remember receiving a bouquet when we lived in Belgium. Such a nice custom!

I love the photo of the Larkspur too! Enjoy your day and I'm sure you are looking forward to spending time with Jules!


Hello there!
Have a lovely May1! Enjoy the unique smell of lily of the valley and... may it bring you lots of luck!

Is wild muguet growing in the woods where you live? I loved going muguet-picking when I was a child.
Here on Reunion Island, an exotic variety of muguet grows, with green and white leaves. Unfortunately it doesn't smell at all! What a pity!

Kristin Espinasse

Adeline, I have not seen it growing here, near Bandol, but I will plant the two brins, or sprigs, I bought today. They seem to be forest flowers... Will see if they like there new spot beneath the pines.


I have always loved lily of the valley--where I grew up in Wisconsin they bloomed for my birthday (end of May). I always thought they bloomed especially for me. They are still my favorite flower---such perfect delicacy paired with the most delightful fragrance.

Laura Isenstein

You have brought back wonderful memories from my childhood of Lilies of the Valley. It is a fragrance one never forgets. One of my friends had it growing in the family garden and we loved to smell and cut some to take into the house.


Our dear Kristi,
What a beautiful post and pictures!
My memory sweeps back to how much my mom loved Muguet du Bois (it was her favorite perfume,too), and how my thoughtful hubby gave me sprigs when we were in Paris on May 1st.
It does not do well here in the West (regardless of how hard I've tried),and your gifted words have once again brought back happy remembrance (and divine fragrance)and wrapped my heart in smiles.
Love, Natalia XO

Rose Chandler Johnson

Kristin, thanks for sharing this. I love les muguets and this lovely French custom. I've grown lily-of-the-valley before...they are so beautiful...but it's so hot in Georgia, I haven't been able to keep them over a few years. Have a lovely holiday!

Jan  Hersh

A lovely round:
White coral bells upon a slender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh, don't you wish that you could hear them ring
That will only happen when the fairies sing

Angela Vars

When I was in Paris ,many years ago, we went to the flower market. I saw pips of lily of the valley plants in a box and this was in September.To be exact it was Sept.28th my birthday! I was so thrilled. When I was born,my Dad gave my Mother 12 stems of lily of the valley in 1929,Paid $12.00 for them.
When we arrived back to the hotel,our friend sent a envolope to me with an embroided spray of lily of the valley on the hankie. Wonderful memories from our delightful trip !

Vivian Langley

I, too,love the Lily of the Valley. I did not know the May 1 connection. I have a lovely Lily of the Valley pin which my French Professor gave me many years ago. I shall wear it May 1.

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