Tuesday, May 1, 2012

La Fête du Muguet

                                                                        watercolor by  Linda Hampton Smith

"Il y a des pluies délicieuses où le ciel a l'air de pleurer de joie."    Paul-Jean Toulet

Here at home, it's raining a much needed rain.  The pink blossoms on our weeping crabapple trees hang heavy with diamond-like droplets.  Vivid green shoots poke out of a "dark-as-chocolate-cake" soil.  Un embarras of very wet richesses.

For you:  fragrant lily-of-the-vally wishes, un bouquet de muguet (a French May Day tradition that I love).

*With a special bouquet going to Blyden Jackson who has stepped into his new Life and who will forever remain in our hearts. 


  1. I love the way you paint with your words as well as your watercolors. Thanks for the reminder of this French May Day tradition. I had forgotten about it, but will appreciate my muguets all the more when they open.

    1. Thank you, Sheila! Les Muguets are such a heavenly scent. I think of my grandmother Katherine whose favorite perfume was lily-of-the-valley.

  2. A good reminder to appreciate the heavy rain we have here in CT now!In this case, very rare, I like the English words for Muguet better! But awesome French tradition.

  3. Yes, Katherine, you who are named after our beloved Katherine Hackney Sprower. Love you, my sister:)