Tiny and delicate but the smell is amazing. Yes, I'm talking about the Lily of the Valley flower. I have choosen Lily of the Valley this month because recently a friend of mine gave be some plants from his yard. I personally have never been able to start one of my own. For anyone who knows me, they know that my designing skills and my gardening skills are on the opposite end of the spectrum. So to say the least, I am very excited about the newest plant addition to my yard. Well this week, the very first flower appeared. Everyone probably thought I was crazy because I kept looking at it and smelling it and then making them look at it and smell it. Can't wait for more flowers to appear!
Common Name: Lily of the Valley
Botanical Name: Convallaria Majalis (kon-va-LAY-ree-ah may-JAY-lis)
The flower is also known as ‘Our Lady's Tears’ as, according to legend, the tears Mary shed at the cross turned into Lilies of the Valley. Lily of the Valley has tiny bell-shaped flowers about 1/4" and are crusted in small groups of 8-12 flowers along a short stem about 8-10" tall. Desired highly by brides, they have a very limited availability, usually mid to late spring, and are very expensive. But if the timing is right they make some stunning bouquets.
Lily of the Valley also has some wonderful meanings: Sweetness; A return of happiness; Purity of heart; You made my life complete; Protects from evil spirits; Birth flower for May.
Interesting Fact: Lily of the Valley is also the national flower of Finland.
Flowers for your sign?
If you are anything like me you love to read your horoscope. Not so much because you believe anything written but its fun to see how accurate (or not) they may be. I came across this interesting article while browsing the web that uses the zodiac to guide you in your wedding flower decision process. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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Guys & Flowers
With prom on my mind I wanted to share some great flower ideas for guys! All to often we forget the guys, it's easy to do. Most guys are not flower lovers, some are even flowers haters but truthfully most guys just don't give flowers a second thought, unless they are buying them for someone else. Boutonnieres are wonderful for giving guys a chance to express themselves through floral art while still letting them feel manly. Here some some great examples I put together for inspiration. Do any of them catch your eye?
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Blooming Envy made the news again! One of my designs was the feature of a uBloom blog about monogrammed
bouquets. Made for a bride who was
married in Amherst, WI, this design was truly a collaboration between the bride and myself. The bouquet came to life with stunning, high quality flowers and monogram bling! Read more!
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.