I know it’s hard to think about spring; summer has just ended and autumn has already arrived in some parts of the world. But I wanted to remind everyone that this is the time to plant muguet des bois. If you remember on May 1, I posted about May Day when sprigs of Lily of the Valley are exchanged or given as tokens of friendship.
I have a small patch in my garden where the fragrant muguet des bois grows so every May Day I am able to snip sprigs, place them in tiny glass vases, and give them to my friends. I purchased my small glass vase, pictured here, at Target (sorry, they're not available online so there is no link). But you are just as likely to find something at IKEA, a craft store, or yard sale. Any container that is just a few inches high with a narrow neck will be perfect for holding a few sprigs of the fragrant flower.
Would you like to enjoy and share your own muguet des bois next May Day? If so, you'll need to plant now. If you don’t have a place in your garden, you can grow Lily of the Valley in a container, and, if you can’t wait until spring you can even force them indoors during the cold winter months. Just a note that the plants can be toxic for pets and small children if ingested, so take care where you plant. Click here for excellent information about ordering, planting, and forcing Lily of the Valley bulbs.