Convallaria – Lily of the Valley, May Bells, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Convallaria –
Lily of the Valley, May Bells

The poet
has given the name to the Lily of the Valley, and the
botanist, not as prosaic as usual, has translated the
name to the Latin word Convallaria. “No flower
amid the garden fairer grows Than the sweet Lily of
the lowly vale.”

UTILIZE.
We must have this favorite with us the year round. In
the Winter the florist grows Lily of the Valley in the
greenhouse for weddings and for bouquets of various
sorts. When they bloom in our gardens we cherish them
as highly as any other flower for the

lapel,
the corsage or for the small vase. In the garden they
grow in the shady spots where some other flowers become
pouty and will not grow.

GENERAL.
The culture is of the simplest. Give them shade and
enrich the soil with manure applied in the Fall as a
mulch. They increase rapidly’ and need to be replanted
every three or four years in order that large flowers
may be obtained.

PROPAGATION.
When old clumps are dug they naturally fall apart and
no plant could be easier to propagate.

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