The lily-of-the-valley thrives in shade. In religion and art the tiny flower symbolizes purity.
Finding pleasure in the simple things is the best way to neutralize stress.
The sight of the lily-of-the-valley coming up from the ground in the garden under the deck makes me feel good. The flowers remind me of my Grandmother Skelhorn who originally planted the bell shaped flowers in 1967.
Below is courtesy of the Friendship Book 1983
Tuesday April 15
How beautiful is the spring flowers are; beautiful in form, in colour, and beautiful in promise. Gone is the dull, dark winter, and we can now look ahead to longer, brighter days, with trees and flowers in full glory.
Now it is Easter-time, and in my garden a clump of modest, frail little lily-of-the-valley is coming into bloom. To me this clump is always a miracle, because it appears where some previous owner of the garden had decided that a concrete path should be, and so within this tomb the lilies-of-the-valley were sealed. But come Easter-time a wonderful thing happens-through the tiny cracks appear the stems, rising up stronger and stronger, with each delicate bell as it opens seeming to ring a peal of victory - "See, I have overcome death, I have risen from the tomb!"