Lily Of The Valley

Yet another flower impossible to grow in India; the Lily of Valley Flowers. The remote possibility of finding them would be in the regions that are cold all twelve months of the year. When I chanced upon the sight of this single stalk of bells, I went on my knees. They are tiny, measuring a centimeter, with a gentle breeze blowing; it was a challenge to frame them well. After so many settings I got them standing still in my frame. 

Convallaria majalis, a beautiful little flower, so hard to believe they are poisonous. It is considered as garden weed by some, how can they think so? I thought. There are just three varieties of this flower, the one here is the Convallaria majalis var. montana – from the USA, with green-tinted midribs on the flowers. I found this growing in the gardens of a castle in Normandy region, France.

This flower is the May Birth Flower, and the meaning is sweetness and humility. That is obvious from the way these little ones are bowing down.

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41 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What a delicate, exquisite flower, Indrani! And you've captured it perfectly. I lived in Montana for 18 years and I think I just may have seen some of these — although I didn't know what they were until now! Exquisite! Hope your weekend is going well!


  2. Nice capture. And what a charming name for this exquisite lily !

  3. very pretty! they look like little dainty bells.:p

  4. Eine wunderschön poetische Fotografie eines Maiglöckenchens liebe Indrani…

    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  5. Your photo is beautiful, you captured them perfectly. These are one of the first flowers we see here in the early spring. There is a small pond in one of our local parks where they grow in abundance.

  6. So beautiful!! And a wonderful photo!

  7. Denise says:

    I have always loved Lily of the Valley. They used to grow well in my father's garden in England.

  8. chubskulit says:

    I love their scent!

    My Flowers
    Have a blessed Sunday!

  9. Amazing picture. Thank you for this joy. Please have a good new week.

  10. a beautiful delicate flower..i haven't seen this in India definitely 🙂

  11. Carver says:

    I love these beautiful and fragile looking flowers. Great shot.

  12. ladyfi says:

    Such elegant and lovely simplicity.

  13. Onkar says:

    what a lovely flower!

  14. arabesque says:

    again, i'm not familiar when it comes to this blooms, but they are certainly very pretty,
    and the way you captured it, was just perfect.

  15. Carletta says:

    I'm glad you found them Indrani and I think it's a lovely shot!

  16. I have never noticed those green spots before your photo!

  17. Hilary says:

    I had no idea they were poisonous. I have them in my garden.

  18. Ann says:

    I too went on my knees to photograph mine. Some plant expert says the ones in NZ are called snow flakes.

  19. Ann says:

    I finally did my post on my terrapin story. Each time, I see your turtles on the log, I tell myself, when I get my photos, I will post it.

  20. kanak7 says:

    Exquisite blooms! I love that little tinge of green on the white!

  21. These pretty lilies look like Siroy lilies found in Siroy hills of Manipur. Refreshing to see these right n the morning. 🙂

  22. pretty flower and a nice capture

  23. What a dainty, pretty flower! Didn't know about it.. thanks for sharing Indrani 🙂

  24. Hema says:

    Gorgeous flower. Have you seen the 'Breaking Bad' series? The main character uses 'Lily of the Valley' to poison someone. 🙂 Lovely pic!

  25. Thanks Indrani for your efforts to capture this mesmerizing beauty as you said you got this after so many settings.

  26. Rachna says:

    These look so delicate and pretty.

  27. Lily is the symbol of purity.
    "as white as a lily flower"….

  28. Mridula says:

    They look so delicate and pretty!

  29. Nice information Indrani ji

  30. Kalp anaa says:

    You have taken an exquisite photo of a very tiny, delicate flower. I can almost smell it's fragrance.

  31. Beautiful capture, Indrani…are these really poisonous?

  32. I know it is hard to believe Maniparna, but that is what is said about the flowers.

  33. D.Nambiar says:

    So pretty. Thankfully we can bring back some PICTURES. 🙂

  34. AmitAag says:

    Your capture is delicacy incarnate:)

  35. Such a lovely flower is poisonous. Looks do deceive.
    Great capture, Indrani.

  36. nicely captured…these look so delicate !! It is certainly tough to frame them on a windy day….

  37. tough to believe that it is poisonous

  38. So pretty and delicate these flowers look! Hard to believe that they are poisonous!
    Some paradox!

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