Friday, May 1, 2009

Happiness to all on May 1st!

The title is the kind of greeting I've been seeing on French May Day cards. They are always accompanied by Lily of the Valley, muget in French (pronounced 'moo-gay', for those who are wondering, as I did for years...) The muget is sold all around, on the sides of roads, in florists' shops and in supermarkets, because it's considered good luck for the first of May.
Elizabethd has explained why in her excellent May Day post. I had always wondered what the connection was - thanks, Elizabeth!
I bought some yesterday, because this is what the Lily of the Valley currently looks like in my garden:
It's a bit embarassing, because when I left Edinburgh in early April my mother's plants were already thriving and in full bud. However, I did get this groovy cellophane as well as the wonderful plants, so perhaps the investment was worthwhile...Have a very happy May Day, wherever you are, and however you celebrate in your own country!

10 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Pretty cellophane! thanks for the link. We have just trotted down the lane to our neighbour, had the obligatory aperitif with him, and he was pleased with his little bouquet.

thriftymrs said...

How on earth is is May? Eeek!

We have had morris dancers in our street today, how things vary in Europe eh?

Enjoy your weekend.

Mr Lee said...

Thank you for your kind words.We are vrey happy.
Let's keep in touch!Have a happy weekend.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy May Day!. Have a great weekend.
Glenda

Sal said...

Thanks for the May Day link!
Have a wonderful weekend!;-)

gingerwine said...

Love your blog header!!
I'm not sure if Easy Living Mag is the same...did you get it too?

Samxx

Kris said...

Happy May Day, a little late. What wonderful cellophane you got with the beautiful lily. Do I see a craft project in it's future?

Going now to read why lily of the valley is good luck. I'll go buy a truckload. hehehe!!

Kris

The Lovely Mrs. Cozy Home said...

HOw beautiful -- they are my husband's favorite flower, his grandparents used to grow them in their backyard. It was also our wedding flower!

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog this weekend -- We watched a Stawberry Shortcake movie with our little one this weekend, but some of our real family favorites have been Despereaux, Toy Story, Ratatouille and The Aristocats.

A couple of scary parts in there, but she's FAR more sophisticated since she started preschool and claims she isn't at all afraid -- even when she's hiding under the blanket ;)

abeachcottage@typepad.com said...

happy may day, I hope you enjoyed!

sarah

JoyOfDecor said...

Just wondered what does "tro-broc and recup" mean ?

Your description about mogaay and the tradition associayted with it is very enlightening. I have never seen these flowers but they look gorgeous.