Last week we went on a walk in a forest in Alsace to look for lilies of the valley. Here are a few photos of ‘muguet’ taken on site!
Le muguet du printemps
The First of May is a public holiday in France known as “La Fête du Travail”. It is tradition to offer a sprig or a bouquet of lilies of the valley to loved ones and colleagues at work. Some people who live close to a forest in northern France walk to a ‘secret place’ where the spring flower abounds.
Much smaller than their cultivated counterparts, wild lilies from the woods have a pleasant smell. The French call it “le muguet”.
Our ‘secret place’ for picking wild lilies is found in a forest in southern Alsace near the little town of Altkirch… but don’t even think looking for this place too as our ‘muguet’ was 3 weeks early!
(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs
- bunch = bouquet (m)
- flower = fleur (f)
- forest = forêt (f)
- leaf = feuille (f)
- lily of the valley = muguet (m)
- May = mai (m)
- May Day = Premier mai (m)
- to pick = cueillir (v)
- sprig = brin (m)
- spring = printemps (m)
Find out more about May Day and lilies of the valley in France here.