Monday, April 2, 2012

Lily of the Valley


We were beside ourselves with excitement (Graham, Margaret and I) after stumbling across Lily of the Valley at our favorite grocery store in Portland last week. 

They smell so beautiful. 


Although very pretty as they were, I thought I'd dress them up a bit for the Easter holiday. Luckily the grocery store also had baskets, so we knew exactly what we'd do when we got home. 


After lining the basket with plastic for watering, we added a ribbon, a little nest and a layer of moss. 

I've always loved live Easter baskets with growing grass or live flowers. However, we agreed (Graham, Margaret and I) that the live basket was a little too grown up for our curious little 15 month-old selves...we still like putting everything into our mouths - whether interesting, pretty or just plain curious. 

xo

45 comments :

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OOohhh what an awesome score! You lucky!

I can never EVER find it - and it smells so wonderful!

Les Muguets - will always remind me of my mom.

Love this post.

Basket looks awesome.

Happy Easter!

elizabeth said...

Oh, I love lily of the valley! I love how you put them in the basket. I've been trying to grow some from the pips, (I think that's what they're called), but not having much success. I live in Portland and would love to know what store you found them at.

24 Corners said...

As sweet and pretty as sweet and pretty can be! Love the little nest!
xo J~

Elborgi said...

love them too- so pretty flowers we have in our garden- here in germany we call them : Maigloeckchen- (bell in may)

Elma

A Country Farmhouse said...

Elizabeth,
New Seasons Market!
Best,
Trina

My Little Bungalow said...

How pretty! I fondly remember Lily of the Valley growing alongside my grandmother's house on Long Island, NY. When I was four and a half we lived there with her for about 6 months. I vividly recall those flowers -- and the little frogs I used to catch in her yard (and then bring into the house much to grandma's dismay!).
I hope you, Mike and the babies have a lovely Easter.

Claudia

Lynne said...

Lovely . . . And an additional benefit . . you can plant it outdoors and it will multiply and create a bed of fragrance for you to enjoy year after year. Happy Springtime . . .

Andi's English Attic said...

Love LotV. My mum's wedding bouquet was made up of it. I think Avon used to do a cream perfume of it. I remember liking it. Never had much success growing it though. xx

Laura said...

Beautiful but VERY poisonous. Make sure the little ones don't climb to taste it.

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

So sweet. In our new garden, there is lot's of lily of the valley jumping up daily. Can't wait for it to bloom.

Martha said...

Love lily of the valley but I've never seen it for sale in grocery stores! Linderhof has it's own bed that I treasure! A relic of a past owner.

Holly said...

I love the variations of green in the leaves as well as the purple at the base - so pretty. I've got a 20 month old and she's touching and grabbing even more now that she can reach countertops and such. I'm a new reader and found you through Red Door Home.

Anonymous said...

My favorite flower! I can't wait for mine to bloom!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I miss Portland :)
I miss lilies of the valley too !

Katherine said...

Lily of the Valley is so romantic. It makes me feel like I stepped back in time.

Tracy B. said...

My very favorite small flower. And the smell is out of this world, as you know. I was given a small pot of about 5 plants many years ago, planted the pips in moist partly sunny spot once they'd finished flowering and now enjoy a huge patch of them every spring. I snip the flowers and display them in a number of sterling bud vases, which I collect. Spring has so many wonderful gifts.


Tracy B.

for the love of a house said...

So sweet!

xoj.

Low Tide High Style said...

Thank you for this post. I was just thinking about the Lily of the Valley that grows at my parent's house that we sold last December. I looked forward to seeing, and smelling them every year, so to not be able to visit them this year has been tough. Seeing your beautiful images just reminds me that the new owners will now be enjoying them and that makes me happy!

Kat

Kit said...

Oh you make me yearn for my patch of Lilly of the Valley to bloom. I have two huge spreads of it and you are right, it is wonderful. Your basket came out so pretty. Enjoy! Kit

Lady Courtney said...

How very sweet!!! Looking forward to mine blooming!!! Happy Spring! donna :)

Elzie said...

So beautiful!
Love Elzie

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

A favorite flower...muget de bois...love how you festooned it! Precious!

Diane James Home said...

Such a pretty basket! I especially love Lily of the Valley as our birthday (my twin Carolyn and me) is May 2nd and there was always lily of the valley bouquets being sold in Brussels where we grew up. How lucky of you to find some so early (then again, with our very warm spring, they may pop up in my garden early too!). Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

5th and State said...

simply, classically lovely. happy easter
debra

Stacy Curran said...

I'm over from Red Door and am so happy to be a new follower!
Stacy

Gretchen said...

What a perfect Easter basket! Love the little nest.

Gretchen

Verena said...

Lovely post with gorgeous pics! However: those flowers are extremely toxic( and you probably know this already)and could be seriously dangerous for you sweet babies.Happy Easter Verena

country girl said...

SO lovely, Trina!
Here in Austria we have to be careful when it's springtime and we want to gather wild ramsons, because the leaves look so much like those of the lily of the valley.
I love the little nest tucked in there. So sweet.
xoxo

Ispirato Design said...

My absolute favorite...until the lilacs bloom. A debate we have every year- which ones smell the best!

Lee said...

I love the color contrast of the white and vivid green. Also did you hear that Portland was voted the "greenest city" Congrats!
Lisa
www.leeshideaway.blogspot.com

An Urban Cottage said...

I'll be a 95 years old and the scent of Lily of the Valley will take me back 90 years to my grandmother's arms.

Susan Kane said...

Lilies of the Valley remind me of my grandmother. she had a row along the north side of her house. When they were blooming, she wore a sprig of them pinned on her apron. Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts!

Pamela Gordon said...

What a sweet idea! I love lily of the valley but mine won't be up for a few weeks yet. Your children are adorable. Hugs, Pamela

hopflower said...

Yes, each May 1 the French give one another a sprig or small bunch of it. It is isold on the streets by small vendor carts. It is definitely a sign of spring; delicate fragrant, and ethereal. Unfortunately it does not last long, and is somewhat poisonous-so watch the kiddies around it.

Suzanne B. said...

I know in some states Lily of the Valley is considered an invasive, but here in southern California you don't see it because it's too hot and dry to really take. So it is a treat to see your lovely basket, which I can practically smell!

I especially liked your use of "we" in this post. So sweet. :)

Sheila said...

Plant the roots in the ground.....maybe up against the house to begin with.....they are very hardy and will spread.....in a few years you will have enough to dig up and replant. :) We have moved them from home to home when we move. :)

Sheila said...

Plant the roots in the ground.....maybe up against the house to begin with.....they are very hardy and will spread.....in a few years you will have enough to dig up and replant. :) We have moved them from home to home when we move. :)

Bonnie said...

LOVE Lily of the Valley. My grandmother used them as front borders for all of her flower gardens & her house always smelled heavenly. Thanks for the sweet memory!! I might have to go hunting...

Karen said...

loved this post. It made me very happy that I naturalized the back of my home with lilly of the valley.
It was a bit of an homage to my childhood where our yard was covered with it and it made us all happy...
I will have to recreate the lovely basket when mine springs forth!

Anna Patricia said...

This is just so darling, and your photos are soooo beautiful.

Southern Lady said...

Love the basket! Just took a moment to catch up on your blog. Your babies are growing! They are adorable! -Carla

ellie said...

I JUST LOVE Lilly of the Valley and my Trader Joes used to sell it every spring but stopped a couple of years ago and I'm so sad..I love it's sweet smell and it looks adorable...so delicate. Your basket is so pretty...i'm enjoying your blog and intend to browse some more...

Miss G said...

I just came over to your blog for the first time from Modobject at Home. This is so lovely! I would like to try a live growing basket one year. Wonderful idea!

You said your favorite grocery store in Portland. I am visiting Portland for the first time coming up and would love to know if there are any must sees/eats. :) Thanks. Kelly

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Kelly,
I shop at New Seasons. They have several stores in the Portland area and they're all great!
All the antique stores (Sellwood area, on Starks...) are wonderful. Stars is in Sellwood but there are many more stores there...Monticello is on Starks and it's a favorite of mine too.
Enjoy!
Trina

April said...

You take lovely photos!! I would love a "photography 101" post from you :)
xoxo
April

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