May 1st in France: Lily of the Valley

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On May 1st in France, it’s a tradition to offer a mini-bouquet of Lily of the valley to your loved ones. According to legend, while Charles IX and Catherine de Medicis were travelling in the Rhône-Alps, the knight Louis de Girard de Maisonforte offered the young king a sprig of Lily of the valley from his garden as a good-luck charm. Charmed by the flower, the king ordered its distribution to the ladies of the court every May 1st. However this is the traditional flower of the Parisian region/Ile-de-France since the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the famous fashion designers who offered a small bouquet to all their seamstresses on May 1st. The working population was inspired by this ritual and in 1907, they replaced the symbolic dog rose with the Lily of the valley.

FR On offre le Muguet, un rituel convivial qui remonte à la Renaissance quand le chevalier Louis de Girard de Maisonforte offre au jeune Charles IX offre en gage de bonheur, un brin de muguet cueilli dans son jardin. Au début du XXème siècle, la fleur devint la fleur traditionnelle de l’ile de France, quand le jour du 1er mai, les grands couturiers parisiens offraient un brin de muguet aux petites mains des ateliers comme un porte-bonheur. Inspirée par cette pratique, en 1907, la population ouvrière remplaça la fleur d’églantine par le brin de muguet à l’occasion de la fête du travail. Merci à #actuelflors pour ce joli bouquet parfumé.

Fresh Stationery

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Decided to upgrade my stationery collection with this gorgeous set of botanical notecards from The Peony Press UK. And of course gorgeous fresh flowers from Actuelflors | Un nouvel ajout à la collection de papeterie. Ces cartes botaniques de chez Peony Press en Angleterre, vues ici avec les fleurs magnifiques de Actuelflors.

For Bombay

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Bombay is an emotion. You either love it or hate it. I’ve tried to draw that in my little postcard and only one place comes to mind and that’s the South Bombay area. And the most amazing spring peony is from our florists Actuelflors :)

M O O D B O A R D : An Autumn Feeling.

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Arrival of the first pine cones, muscatel grapes, authentic macarons and a cheese platter (black tome from the Pyrenées, reblochon from the Alps, Ferme de Saint-Thibault‘s goat cheese and fresh heart-shaped cheese on a coulis of red berries). Yum..