Lily of the valley

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 18 March 2011 in Plant & Nature.

Lily of the valley, Convallaria majalis, from May 5, 2010. Nothing is yet showing in my garden, except the early green leaves of a few crocuses, daffodils and early tulips just now pushing through tattered leaf debris, so archived images are a welcome source.

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john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

lovely. someday spring will come:))

18 Mar 2011 3:51pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack! You are very right! :)

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


18 Mar 2011 4:29pm

@Aubélia: Thanks, Aubélia!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I have not grown these for decades . . thanks for the sweet memory !

18 Mar 2011 7:09pm

@Ronnie 2¢: These grow on the north side of the garage in my backyard. They have a lovely fragrance. Happy to bring back good memories! :)

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great composition! Very beautiful!

18 Mar 2011 7:10pm

@Tinx: Thanks!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot. I like the selective focus.
*About your post March 11 of the Big Thompson River - Yes, I was talking about the '76 flood. My husband and I were there on a two week backpacking and day hiking trip in the park. (yes, I'm that old - we were young then!) It rained so hard that day that we returned to the cabin that evening. We started hearing about the flood, and were in fact not able to contact our families for two days to let them know we were OK. We had not been hiking in the canyon, but had driven up through there just a few days before. We have returned there many times since then, and now it's hard to believe there was ever a flood, as all traces are gone. I still have the newspaper from that week with all the stories. So - that's why your lovely Big Thompson post caught my attention.

18 Mar 2011 9:36pm

@B. Thomas: Oh my goodness!!! So that time is truly memorable for you. I knew about the Lawn Lake flood, but not much about this one. When I first read your comment today (I am catching up with comments), I "Googled" and spent two hours reading about the flood and reading the stories written by people who were either survivors or in the area at the time and saw destruction as well as the rescue work. Certainly makes one very much more aware, more cautious. Sounds like the canyon changed completely from what it was before the flood. I am so glad you were not caught in the flood itself. There may be reminders in one of the gulches, according to one report. We are also "that old"--I understand completely! We never had much opportunity to travel there when the kids were growing or even after. I hope to get back there again someday with the newer (but heavier) camera. Thanks for writing and visiting here. I am also enjoying your images!

Bhavvish from Dallas, United States

Very pretty ... lovely shot, nice focus.

19 Mar 2011 2:38am

@Bhavvish: Thank you, and thans for visiting here!

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I love these flowers, especially given your wonderful focus
and the luscious rich white against the verdant green.
A beautiful image.

19 Mar 2011 7:06am

@DULCIE: Thanks, Dulcie!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Such a beautiful capture... again that wonderful light and these rich details ! Well done ! Have a great weekend :)

19 Mar 2011 7:51am

@Tamara: Thank you, Tamara. I hope your weekend was a good one!

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

so beautiful :)

19 Mar 2011 8:29am

@Shahryar: Thank you!!

laurence from Clermont-ferrand, France

C'est si beau !

19 Mar 2011 9:01am

@laurence: Thank you, Merci!

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine composition of these beautiful flowers. I like how they hang up through the picture with increasing focus at the outer most parts. Very well done.

19 Mar 2011 4:17pm

@Don: Thanks, Don! Your words are much appreciated.

Franz from Baden, Austria

lily-of-the-valley - one of my favourites! i love their looks, their smell and the fresh green of their leaves! i don't know about nebraska, but here, in my part of the world, they often grow together or near wild garlic, which has leaves that look very much like the lily leaves, so people often mistake the one for the other. the problem: wild garlic leaves make excellent soup, stuffing for pancakes, sauces, ... etc, whereas lily leaves are poisonous when eaten and can even kill you! thus - there's danger in beauty!

19 Mar 2011 5:26pm

@Franz: Yes, one of my favorites, too---It is a flower I also remember from my childhood. My mother used to gather up a small bouquet and put it into a little glass of water. I am not sure about the wild garlic and where or when it usually appears here. I know it is not in my garden. Thanks for telling me about the garlic---it was something I did not know about, either for soup or its similarity to the lily of the valley. :)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow!!! This is simply exquisite, Karla! I love the light and DOF. The white against the dark background is terrific and I like how it stands out.

20 Mar 2011 7:10am

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks, Anina!!! Delighted you like it!

mauro from barcelona, Spain

nice comp very good shot!!!

21 Mar 2011 11:54pm

@mauro: thank you!! Very happy that you like it! Thanks for visiting and commenting.