It feels old-fashioned to hold the bouquet up and marvel at the small flowers, touching them one by one.
Muguet in French. Maiglöckchen in German.
It is curious to find references online to a perfume, first developed by Coty in 1941, based on the scent of lily of the valley.
Another French colleague spoke with me today of a grandmother, now deceased, who used to send her a card from France every May 1. There would always be a crushed sprig of lily of the valley enclosed. No one sends her May 1 greetings anymore, she lamented.