Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sweet Lily of the Valley





For the beauty of the earth...
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

Grateful for this season of spring...
Everything is fresh and new!

A new day...
...a new beginning...
...another chance to try again!

:)

43 comments:

erin said...

sweet laura,
i am feeling your renewal. i am feeling your joy.

hope springs eternal.......

erin
xxoo

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

oh mine are blooming, better make a bouquet!

The Feathered Nest said...

What a precious post sweet Laura....and so very true ~ the seasons are beautiful aren't they? Spring is such a wonderful rebirth ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

You sure are getting close to My Heart with these recent posts.... 1st You had the Lilacs & now the Lily of the Valley, My 2nd Favorite Flower.... How I long for Ours to Bloom! Thanks for Sharing!

karen-holmes said...

your lovely lily of the valley photos took me right back to memories of my grandmother's spring beauties that grew along the side of her garage...thank you for the gift!
-k.

very merry vintage style said...

Your photos of these flowers have been really amazing--excellent eye candy and I love the pretty words to go with them too!
Mary

cheryl kuhn said...

Lily of the Valley are my favorite flower. I just love the light delicate scent that always brings me back to my childhood, you did them justice!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Beautiful! I love lily of the valley. I went to Catholic school and I would always take lily of the valley to school during the month of May as we celebrated the month of Mary - sweet memories.

eli said...

I love so much the lily of the valley! It reminds me of my grandmother (whom we called Mutti), who also had many lilacs. One of those plants of my childhood is in my house now :)

Barb said...

Your photography and arrangements never cease to amaze me! You have such wonderful "goodies!" Luv the "crown" jar and your lilac posting was breath-taking! Thanks for the beauty you bring into our lives. Ü
Barb in Texas

High Street Cottage said...

Laura those are so pretty, I love Lily of the Valley. Gorgeous vintage bottles too.

Terry said...

Love the smell of Lily of the Valley, hate how it takes over a garden space. So I don't grow it anymore but I sill love it's scent.

haileylilly@gmail.com said...

Awww...I just love this post! Is there a more perfect flower than lilly of the valley? The ancient watery-blue glass, an embossed crown and crackled old white paint. Perfection.

aimee said...

such sweet words. i read it several times. i think ill print it,decorate it, and frame it.
blessings,
aimee

Mary Anne said...

The chippy white paint, the antique blue jars and the freshly picked Lily of the Valley. . . what ever could be better!! So simply beautiful.

ox m.a.

A Rosy Note said...

Beautiful post...words and photos :)

~tricia

Burlap Luxe said...

Beautiful, and as always your photos are inspiring!! :)
xx
Dore

Andi's English Attic said...

The garden is changing daily. Every morning brings a new surprise.
Lily of the Valley - my mum's wedding bouquet was made up of them. They are special. xx

It's me said...

Have a nice day.....enjoy freedom.....xxx...

sassytrash said...

Stunning photos!! These grow in my woodland garden and I just love them!

Vintage Gal said...

What lovely pictures ~ LOVE lily of the valley ~ one of my favourites ;-)

One Shabby Old House said...

When I read that hymn I thought immediately of my sweet Granny and sitting nest to her in church with her gloved hand on mine.

barbara said...

One of my favorite hymns ... the melody will be a companion today, and that's a gift.

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I think I'm gonna have to go snip some of these today. Just beautiful!

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

I love lily-of-the-valley, it's my favorite flower, along with peonies. I never had a set of china when I got married, so I started picking up Kayson's Golden Rhapsody pieces when I find them because they have lily-of-the-valley on them.

Cyndie said...

love lily of the valley.....as old as I am, the scent of it still reminds me of my First Holy Communion.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

just lovely...your pictures...your words....your blog!

lilly said...

Belissimo seu blog!!!!!

lilly said...

Não só belo, como de bom gosto.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Ah the seduction of the early Spring flowers... though their Summer garden counterparts may rival them for intensity of colour, most pale greatly when it comes to their heavenly scent.
Beautiful photos!
Susan x

LA POUYETTE - und die "Dinge des Lebens" said...

Simply beautiful! Stunning images and wonderful words! Merci,
Karin

Trouvais said...

Ahhh...first lilacs and now lily of the valley! You are SO lucky to be able to grow them! It's so wonderful to see what's popping up in everyone's yard, all over the world! Merci Laura! XO Trish

Anonymous said...

Oh, Laura! I so enjoy looking at your pictures --- they make me smile. I find you love the same things that I do, but you picture them in a much more eloquent way. And now I see that we also enjoy the same music -- I'll have John Rutter's arrangement of "For the Beauty" running through my mind all day today. Sweet music! Thank you!
Barbara

kpaints said...

Just beautiful! I loved May flowers as a child during our Mother Mary processions at school, I still step back in time whenever I smell them.

Bleudelavande said...

Oooh Laura another amazing post!!!! I love those photos!!!!
Have a nice evening.
Big hugs my friend.

jade said...

What a lovely post my dearest Laura.......so wonderful words and sweet flowers......looove it!!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

love and hugs, Jade

PS: I have to wispher you something: always when i visit you now, it reminds me, how old i am ;)))....it´s not 25 but nearly the same;))!

joanne said...

gorgeous.....happy spring to everyone...xx

Gail said...

Boy-o-boy I heart the smell of lily of the valley, but have only 2 surviving plants. Thanks for sharing lovely photos of the flowers (and the hymn)

Karen in CT said...

... man o man that Crown jar was a "find" ... Lily of the Valley is the best - those and the wonderful Peony ... lovely use of a verse of that wonderful hymn .. love your blog .. XO

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the old bottles and jars.

Southern Shop Girls said...

Laura,

"For the beauty" indeed! Jennifer and I have our eyes peeled for a Crown jar. They are so wonderful. The Lily of the Valley is the icing on the cake!

Paula

Suz said...

Laura,
That is one of my very favorite hymns. And lilies of the valley are one of my very favorite flowers. I am grateful because today, in our brown Minnesota garden, we have one bright yellow daffodil!
Big hugs, Laura. I hope the new life of this season helps to heal your heart.
Suz

jabreb said...

With your new camera and more photography skills, your photography has improved drastically - virtually leaps off the page!! Just beautiful......