May's Birth Flowers

Lily of the Valley

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May's flower of the month, the lily of the valley was first cultivated to be used in gardens in 1420. They are native to Europe and Asia, where they grow as wildflowers. The Lily of the Valley flower is deeply rooted in Christianity, where it is believed to have bloomed wherever Mary’s tears fell during the crucifixion. They are also the official flower of May Day in France, where it is a tradition to give them as a good luck charm for the coming year. 

Because of the French tradition, the lily of the valley is seen as a symbol of good luck, as well as a sign of spring. Their small white flowers can also represent humility and purity, as well as loss and mourning.

 

Hawthorn

Common-hawthorn-flower-plant-fruits-Eurasia-hedgeThe other May bloom is the hawthorn plant, which represents hope and supreme happiness.

The hawthorn flower is extraordinary. It has either white or pink flowers that is regularly seen sprouting on a plant or hedge rather than in a bouquet. It’s red berries are at times utilized as fillers in flower bundles to add tone and surface.

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