We all know that May’s a great month. After all, it’s the end of spring and the official start of summer. And who doesn’t like tossing those bulky winter clothes in the closet for good and shopping for a new and improved summer wardrobe?
Beyond clothes, May is a pretty fashionable month. Just ask it’s official birth month flower, lily of the valley. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most interesting and fashionable spring flowers you’ll come across, thanks to its beautiful white bulbs, sweet scent, and rich symbolism.
Also known as May lily, May bells, Mary’s tears, and its scientific name Convallaria majalis, which directly translates to the “valley belonging to Maia,” a goddess whose son protected the flower in ancient mythology, May’s birth flower is oftentimes used in perfumes under its fancy-sounding French name, “Muguet des bois” (I’m pretty sure we can all agree, everything sounds better in French.)
On top of that, lilies of the valley are a very common staple in weddings. In fact, Kate Middleton carried a lily of the valley bouquet down the aisle to marry Prince William. Convinced yet? We are.
But if you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you know that the lily of the valley is just as deadly as it is beautiful, thanks to its severe toxicity. (Yes, we’re still shocked Walter did that, too!) Whether you’re born in May or are gifting a May birth flower Bouq to someone who was, here’s everything you need to know about lilies of the valley.
Lily of the Valley Symbolism
Like we mentioned above, lily of the valley has a deep wealth of symbolism and many meanings. Most commonly, it reflects feminine virtues of chastity, sweetness, purity, good luck, and humility.
Lily of the valley also plays a big role in Christianity, being mentioned 15 times in the Bible. May’s birth flower often represents the second coming of Christ and symbolizes Eve’s tears after she was banished from the Garden of Eden.
In folklore, it is said that the lily of the valley protected gardens from evil spirits and was used as a charm to ward off witches’ spells. According to legend, fairies would use the tiny bulbs as cups to drink from, and another tale speaks of a lily that refused to bloom until the nightingale she longed for returned to the woods where she slept.
How to Care for Your Lily of the Valley Bouquet
If you’re lucky enough to receive a lily of the valley bouquet, then it’s extremely important you know how to care for them so they can live a long life—and make your house more gorgeous in the process.
With that said, here’s how you can keep your lilies alive for up to two weeks:
- Cut 1-2 inches from the bottom of the stem at a 45-degree angle under room temperature water. This will keep the flowers extra hydrated.
- Get rid of any leaves from the stem that may be under your vase’s waterline to prevent bacteria build-up.
- Fill the vase with water and add the contents of the included flower food packet, two tablespoons of lemon juice, one tablespoon of sugar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of bleach.
- Place the lilies in the vase and put it in an area away from direct sunlight and hot or cold drafts.
- Change the water every two days.
And remember to always keep your lily of the valley bouquet out of reach from kids and pets.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Now that you know about May’s birth flower, here’s a little bit of information about May’s birthstone. May’s birthstone is emerald, which can range from light to dark green. Since ancient times, emeralds have been seen as a representation of rebirth. In Roman times, emeralds were viewed as a sign of fertility thanks to their association with Venus. Queen Cleopatra was also said to be a huge fan of the popular green stones, often wearing them as jewelry.
Famous Birthdays in May
If you were born in May, here are just a few pretty great people you share a birthday month with:
- David Beckham, May 2nd
- Audrey Hepburn, May 4th
- Adele, May 5th
- George Clooney, May 6th
- Robert Pattinson, May 13th
- Tina Fey, May 18th
- Cher, May 20th
May Birthday Flower Delivery
Whether someone special in our life has a May birthday or you just want to treat yourself, order a lily of the valley Bouq. It’s the perfect gift idea in itself or can complement another gift you have in mind. At The Bouqs Co., we specialize in handcrafted, artisanal flower arrangements that are not only sustainable and locally sourced, but affordable.
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