Friday, May 22, 2009

Lily of the Valley

My mother-in-law's yard is covered with lily of the valley. Why, oh why, do I not have any weddings this week when I have access to such gorgeous stuff?! Far taller than the flowers I posted about last week, and fresher seeing as how it is from only a few miles away, instead of New Jersey.

Lily of the valley is one of those gorgeous, dainty, girlie flowers, that is truly best enjoyed in season. Now that we can have so many kinds of flowers shipped to us from around the world at all times of the year (if we're willing to pay for them), I think we forget how wonderful it is to just enjoy and appreciate the wonderful seasonality of plants and flowers.

OK, it's New England, we don't have much of a growing season here, but lilacs, lily of the valley, and of course peonies still feel special because we just don't try to have them all year round.

There are still some flowers that just don't feel right to me out of season. Sunflowers. I can get them all year round, which is nice, and they're pretty popular all year round, but from after Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day, they just feel out of place to me and I try to only carry them by request. I want to enjoy them more when we do have them. Heck, I even want to miss them a little!

A steady diet of even something you love, will tend to dull your palette a little over time.


Savor the seasonal!

2 comments:

Bree said...

Yeah, I need to go swimming in that gorgeous field of lily of the valley. That's insane?!?!? I have never seen such a beautiful sight...

Sprout said...

Backstroke?!

And to think she does nothing but pull out the random weed...

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