Merry month May! The sun every day rises higher above the forest, looks like a master in every corner, begins to burn. Between the bushes, the bright yellow bells of the bathing-house turned yellow. Golden buttons spread out among the grass buttercups. But it is more gentle and better than all the May colors – lily of the valley! Small and modest, with an amazing unique flavor, it attracts, touches the human heart more than the most lush and bright flowers.
Many people have a lily of the valley for a long time – one of the most favorite colors. For example, in Egypt, two thousand years ago, planted lilies of the valley in the gardens. Together with the roses he bloomed there all year round. In the Middle Ages, they began to “tame this forest flower in Europe.” Gardeners brought out a new variety of lily of the valley with pink, even with red flowers, with leaves in a white or golden stripe.
In May, you can go to a meeting with a lily of the valley
in the forest. By this time, the trees are dressed in fresh greenery, under them – a light shadow. She is looking for a lily of the valley. Unlike snowdrops, which hurry to catch the spring sun, he prefers coolness. The puppets of pointed lily-of-the-valley leaves, similar to guarded hares or deer ears, settle under the canopy of trees.
If you visit the lily of the valley in the early spring, you can see an interesting picture. The cozy clearing seems to bristle with a lot of pointed green copies. Then each spear begins to unfold, turn into a narrow green funnel. Near the same nest grows exactly the same second sheet, and sometimes the third one.
So they will live inseparable until the fall. The leaves of the lily-of-the-valley serve as rainwater traps, which do not get much from the overgrown trees. The miserly droplets gather and the funnel, and from it drain directly to the roots.
Soon between the green ears of the leaves grows a thin faceted stem with greenish beads of buds, almost sitting on the stem. The beads are like drops and seem to be about to fall to the ground. But drops-buds do
not fall. One by one, from the bottom up, they grow large, turn white, turn into tiny, almost round bells. Expanding, they bend down and become quite like bells.
Not long flowering. Instead of flowers on lily-of-the-valley stalks, red drops hang berries – a treat for birds, seed carriers.
The entire plant of the lily of the valley is poisonous. But also it is healthy. For a century now it has been used by scientific medicine as a cure for many diseases.
In our forests there are a lot of tiny inhabitants – lilies of the valley. Their settlements are vast. But in the forests located near the cities, lilies of the valley are worse every year. No matter how defensive they are, the lilies of the valley are poorer. Lilies of the valley are torn into bouquets, picking up leaves as a wrapper, which means that they exhaust or destroy the entire plant. Often they cut off the rhizomes, from which a whole colony may die. The same happens with an inept, and sometimes predatory billet of lily of the valley as a medicinal raw material. If it goes that way, we’ll soon be all right. But we’ll see these lovely flowers by spring, and medicine will be deprived of a chain remedy. The lily of the valley cries for salvation.