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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley

The ‘flower of the poets’, the lily of the valley was a British wilding most often found in moist woods and glens. As a popular garden plant it was particularly suited to similarly wild, moist positions within the garden, and was a favourite button-hole flower among gentlemen.

They were sometimes grown very successfully in the forcing pit for out of season flowers so long as the gardener followed one simple rule: to force slowly in a temperature of between 50 to 60 d. Fahrenheit, and not to exceed that heat.

Information and image taken from F. Edward Hulme and Shirley Hibberd, Familiar Garden Flowers (Cassell, Peter, Galpin and Co.: London: c. 1890), 5 vols.

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