It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 2, Book 13

Lily of the valley has the flower meaning of humility, chastity, sweetness, purity and is said to bring luck in love. It also means the return of happiness which is the reason why it is often used as decorations in weddings. 

Specially blended for sitting in the shade...

In the Victorian days, porches were generally meant to be used. Then came a phase around the 1940's when they became smaller and simply for show. A movement in architecture called New Urbanism is encouraging more city homes to be built with larger front porches again to aid in not just the enjoyment of nature, but the building of friendships between neighbors. Sitting on the porch in the evening can be a nice way to reflect back on the day.

All along the western side of my house I have Lily of the Valley plants growing and in late spring there is just nothing more heavenly than sitting on the porch and enjoying the heavenly scent and its white flowers are nice as the sun goes down. 

Lily of the Valley is an old-fashioned perennial that looks so delicate with its tiny bell shaped flowers. However, there is not anything delicate about this hardy shade lover. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a tough as nails perennial that will keep going after many others fail to thrive.  Some plants really do well in the shade.

Shade cools on a summer day and flowers add the fragrance of JOY.

I may be on the porch and in the shade today, but I'm walking on the sunny side of life...

Lilies of the valley appear in several Christian Bible stories. It is said that lilies of the valley grew from the spot where Mary's tears hit the ground at the foot of the cross.


jack69 said...

I enjoy some of the fables that accompany plants. They make nice 'stories'. But the plants themselves are the miracles. Nothing like just seeing and enjoying His Creation.
Good read.
We have a beautiful day coming up!

Unknown said...

One of the things I love about your blog is how much I learn. Today was no exception. I can just imagine you sitting on your porch enjoying what you're looking at. When i was a kid we lived in a house that had a wraparound porch. I loved that most of all about the house. When it rained, and it could be pouring, we kids could still play jacks, chase each other, sit and color or read on that porch. We didn't have lilies of the valley but colorful geraniums- red ones that looked pretty against the light green house. Take care. Love you.


These flowers are so pretty. Didn't know the significance. It's wonderful you have a covered porch to enjoy them.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love lilies of the valley flowers however they do take over a garden if you don't watch them carefully. They are such a simple flower yet so very pretty. It's been a beautiful day here. Love this time of the year. Hugs