My best friend has a large backyard that is beautifully landscaped with sun and shade areas. The shady sections are almost completely covered with Lily of the Valley - my estimate is at least 5,000 pips! Her family loves it and for a week for two in May, the air is heady with muguet du bois.
And right around this time of year when I get an 8 am text - "are you awake?" She stops at my house on the way to work bearing 2 giant bouquets of Lily of the Valley that she picked that morning. One bouquet is for me; one is for my mom. In the language of flowers, this gesture most surely means: love.
Thank you, Kim, from the bottom of my flower-lovin' heart.