I went to the supermarket yesterday to get some lilies for my mother. They come by two sprigs, pre-packed with a small rose or freesia in a sheet of cellophane paper. And they are expensive: 2.50 euro for the freesia version and 2.99 euro for the rose version I bought one of each! Sheer robbery, but somehow justified by the fact that the lilies are grown in greenhouses that need to be heated using precious fuel.
Two sprigs of lily of the valley and a freesia.
At first I wanted to keep the flowers till this morning, but by late afternoon yesterday, I noticed that the sprigs were already dropping their heads, despite the fact that they are sold in a test tube-like container filled with water. I therefore went over to my mother’s and presented her with her annual ‘brin the muguet’. A wise decision it turned out to be, because this morning my specimen had partially turned brown and the sprigs had shrunk to half their initial size. A waste of money? Maybe, but nevertheless a nice tradition supporting the idea: ‘Le plaisir d’offrir!’
Do you give your loved-ones a lily of the valley on May 1st?