Consider the Lilies

I Looked upon the lilies 
When the morning sun was low, 
And the sun shone through a lily 
With a softened honey glow. 
A spot was in the lily 
That moved incessantly, 
And when I looked into the cup 
I saw a morning bee. 
“Consider the lilies!” 
But, it occurs to me, 
Does any one consider 
The lily and the bee? 

The lily stands for beauty, 
Use, purity, and trust, 
It does a four-fold duty, 
As all good mortals must. 
Its whiteness is to teach us, 
Its faith to set us free, 
Its beauty is to cheer us, 
And its wealth is for the bee. 

“Consider the lilies!” 
But, it occurs to me, 
Does any one consider 
The lily and the bee?

-Henry Lawson, The Lily and the Bee. 

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This month’s flower is the Lily of the Valley.

Being fresh, white, and fragrant, it’s a great flower to transition from spring to summer.

It is also a regal flower being that it is used in royal weddings:

(Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, and the Duchess of Cambridge used them in their wedding bouquets! )

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Fun Facts:
  • Meaning of humility, chastity, sweetness, purity, “the return of happiness,” and is said to bring luck in love
  • Also known as May Lily
  • 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
  • Native to temperate areas of Asia, Europe, and North America, where it grows naturally in woodland settings
  • Unlike the edible daisy, all parts of the flower are poisonous, so DO NOT ingest these beauties!
  • Though you can’t eat them, you can wear them (often used in perfume).
“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily”
-Chinese Proverb
Thank goodness the April showers are over! Bring on the May flowers!!!
Forever Floral,
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