Say what you will about the French, but they do have a few really charming customs. My personal favorite is the Fete du Muguet, which somehow is intertwined with the French Labor Day.

On the first day of May, it is customary to present friends and loved ones with tiny bouquets of Lily-of-the-Valley. The flowers are symbols of good luck and mark the arrival of spring. And, I guess, a day off work.

At any rate, they are sort of the flower opposite of a riotous tree peony. For some reason these teeny, unassuming flowers take my breath away. Nature’s little pearls, with their sublime perfume and exquisite fragility – they do so deserve their own holiday.


Muguet



Riotous tree peony bloom