You know what they say…
April showers bring May flowers!
May is a month that marks the beautiful transition from spring to summer here in the Ozarks.
And with it comes an array of vibrant flowers that bloom in full floral Missouri glory.
Two of the most iconic flowers that are associated with this month are the Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn flowers.
These flowers have significant symbolism in May, though their meanings may vary depending on the culture and region.
Despite their slightly different meanings and symbolism, one thing is certain—both offer up a great way to celebrate the beauty of spring and show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life.
Get ready for an exciting adventure as we dive deeper into the rich history and fascinating symbolism of these incredible May flowers.
What Do Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn Flowers Mean?
The Lily of the Valley is a small, delicate flower with bell-shaped blossoms that dangle from slender stems.
The flower’s alluring scent is widely appreciated and frequently incorporated into bridal bouquets and wedding decorations, making it a favored choice for nuptial celebrations.
It has several symbolic meanings associated with it, including purity, humility, sweetness, royalty, motherhood, and the return of happiness. It is also said to bring luck and ward off evil spirits.
Hawthorn flowers, on the other hand, are known for their unique shape and color. They have clusters of small white or pink flowers that grow on thorny branches.
This flower has a long history of being associated with May Day celebrations and is a common sight in traditional May Day garlands. Hawthorn is said to represent hope, happiness, faith, longevity, and protection.
It is also believed to have healing properties and is used in traditional medicine to treat heart conditions.
The History of Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn Flowers
The history of Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn flowers is as fascinating as their symbolic meanings.
Lily of the Valley has been around for centuries and has been revered for its beauty and fragrance. Its name comes from the Latin word convallaria, which means “valley.” It is said to have received this name because it often grows in shaded valleys and wooded areas.
The plant was used in ancient times for its medicinal properties, and its sweet scent was also believed to have healing powers. In medieval Europe, it was associated with the Virgin Mary and was often used in religious ceremonies. It was also a popular flower in Victorian England and was often included in bridal bouquets as a symbol of purity and sweetness.
Hawthorn flowers also have a long history, dating back to ancient times. In Celtic mythology, the hawthorn tree was believed to be a portal to the fairy realm and was considered a symbol of fertility and rebirth. In medieval Europe, hawthorn was associated with May Day celebrations and was often used to decorate Maypoles and garlands.
Hawthorn was also used in traditional medicine for its heart-protective properties. The flowers and berries of the plant were used to treat heart conditions and were believed to improve circulation and strengthen the heart. In modern times, hawthorn is still used as a natural remedy for heart health.
Why Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn Flowers Make Perfect Gifts
Both Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn flowers carry important symbolic meanings that make them popular choices for gifts and decorations during May.
These flowers represent the new beginnings and fresh starts that come with spring, and they can be given to loved ones to show appreciation, love, and support.
Tips for Keeping Your Lilly of the Valley and Hawthorn Flowers Fresh After Cutting
Alright, so you want to keep your lily of the valley and hawthorn flowers looking fresh and beautiful after you’ve cut them? No problem—we’ve got you covered! Here’s what to do:
- Choose healthy and fresh flowers and cut their stems at an angle with a sharp, clean knife.
- Remove any leaves or foliage that will be submerged in water.
- Fill a clean vase with fresh water and add flower food if available.
- Don’t overcrowd the vase, and keep the flowers in a cool, shaded area away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and drafts.
- Change the water every two days and trim the stems each time.
Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to give some ‘floral gifts’ for the month of May.
And regardless of what types of flowers you choose, we hope you’ll pay us a visit here at Linda’s if you need any help sourcing or securing the perfect bouquet for that special occasion.
We’d love to help you make every special day in May extra special for you and your loved ones.