Soldiers of Beauty

 

Springtime’s soldiers stand at attention

ready to march in nature’s crusade

Armed with an arsenal of intoxicating fragrance

beauty being the weapon of their warfare.

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2014

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We have an army of Lily of the Valley growing on one side of the house.  My Grandma planted them back in the 1940’s, and despite my parent’s re-landscaping of the property in the 70’s, these little soldiers have continued to march onward.

I absolutely adore everything about them, even their invasive behavior.  Which is a slight matter of contention between me and my Mom because she likes a tidy garden, whereas I’ve come to prefer a more natural setting.  But one thing we both agree on is that their heavenly scent is perfectly divine, and their dainty, white bells are the sweetest little things ever.  ❤

And they’ll be blooming soon!  🙂

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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24 responses to “Soldiers of Beauty

  1. I love them, too, even their invasive tendencies. They’re climbing out of my front bed, and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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  2. They’re beautiful! I couldn’t bring myself to pull them out either, if they were growing in my yard.

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  3. Beautiful piece! Love the last line! 🙂

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  4. I love these flowers – inherited them in our Belgian garden, flowering prolifically now.
    Beautiful poem – love the last line too!

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    • Me too, they’re one of my favorites!
      Thanks so much Lorna, I edited the poem and rephrased that last line. I rephrased a couple of things, actually. It’s what I call ‘before coffee vs after coffee’ poetry. 😉

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  5. Fantastic take on this image. I love the way you caught all the standing GREEN. I love Lily of the Valley and wish I had some. The smell brings back childhood memories. Love, Amy

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    • Thanks Amy! I really love them as well, and have many fond memories attached to them too! Maybe you could plant some along with the other lovelies you’re putting in over there? 😉

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      • I will have to find them first. They don’t seem too common here anymore. My neighbor last year killed all of hers, and I could have just screamed. I wanted them to put on my property but she didn’t want to wait. So she put poison on them. I know. That hurts.

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      • Oh noes, that’s terrible she killed them all! 😦 I could send you some pips (as I’ve got plenty of them in my little army here), but I don’t know if they’d survive the shipping.

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      • Jewels, I am making a trip to my nursery I really like to see if they have any plus some bushes I want. I will keep your offer in mind though. I don’t know if they would survive the shipping either. Live plants are really tricky to ship. I am really touched you offered. Thank you! Love, Amy

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  6. When I was (much) younger, my ritual to welcome spring was to purchase a bottle of Muguet des bois by Coty. I know–I just aged myself, but that fragrance was Lily of the Valley. I adored it! I so envy you have these little guys in your garden. And for the record, I am a fan of a wild gardens. Yeah!

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  7. I ADORE lily of the valley! My favorite scent – intoxicating!

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  8. Just an excellent poem to match the march of Lily of the Valley! They are such beauties. I look forward to seeing the flowers! :-):-)

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  9. I adore Lilies of the Valley! My mother even wore the French perfume Muguet des Bois, which is so beautifully scented. I miss this and wonder if my Mom wishes I would buy some for her? Smiles, Robin

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