These little white bells are some of my favorite shady flowers - the sheer daintiness! The scent! I planted a few dozen pips last year, and none of them came back up this year. Boo!
But I'll try again someday soon when my pride isn't wounded...
I love how often Lily-of-the-Valley is used in late 19th century/early 20th century ephemera (they crop up all over calling cards and greeting cards.) Since those folks knew their language of flowers so well, I suppose they were wishing their friends and relations "sweetness, humility, and returning happiness", for that is what they symbolize.
I realized I didn't say anything about Shirley Poppies in my last post, just that I was beginning the series. Yipes! Well, truly, I just think they're some of the prettiest poppies around (and that's saying a lot, since there are so many beautiful poppies.) There are so many colors, pinks and reds and corals...they make me dizzy. I sowed some packets of seeds early this Spring (some single and some double-blooming kinds) - hopefully I'll have some later this Summer.
Do you, dear reader, have a favorite flower (or a few dozen favorites?)
I love to know what blooms make other people's knees buckle.