Seriously folks, take time to stop and smell the flowers.

I hardly ever think to pick any of the flowers that grow in my yard. I have very few flowering plants to begin with, and I usually just let them bloom in the garden and then die and fade away. This morning I cut a few stalks from the Lily of the Valley that are growing by the side of my house and brought them to my office because I love their small, delicate little bells, and I needed a little work pick-me-up. I thought they would be pretty on my desk (which they are) and I am BLOWN AWAY at the fragrance of these little guys. I had no idea they smelled so lovely. My entire office was filled with their sweet smell today.

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I’ve had them growing in my yard for years and I’ve literally never taken the time to smell them. Whenever I catch a whiff of flowers down that side of the house, I always thought it was from the lilacs on tree right beside the Lilly of the Valley. Nope. These little guys are the ones packing the big, aromatic punch.

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This is the easiest flower to grow…I’ve heard people say it’s invasive, but I have it in my front squished between a walkway and a spruce tree and it comes back every year, happy as can be, but contained in one small area. I may see a stray leaf or two popping out between the cracks of the walkway, but nothing I can’t manage.

I literally don’t do anything to care for it. Not even water. They do ok with whatever falls from the sky. It’s apparently drought tolerant and likes dry shade, I got dry. I got shade. I am considering planting some in behind my pond waaaay in the back to act as a bit of a ground cover in a really dry, shady corner that gets no attention. At least that way it might smell pretty.

So that’s all I have for you today. A pretty white flower and some advice to stop and smell it.lily3

 

See you around.