Liljekonvalje - Convallaria majalis – is ‘lily of the valley’. It seems an earlier Latin name was Lilium convallium, literally ‘lily of the steep valleys’, from which both the Swedish and the English names stem. Strange – one would think such a well known and loved plant would have an indigenous name! Convallaria is the same with an adjective ending.
Majalis is an adjective, made from maius, the month of May, which comes from Greek Maia, one of the Pleiades, Atlas’ seven daughters, who were placed in the sky by Zeus.
This liljekonvalje is made of metal and glass. This summer it flowers at Pilane in northwestern Tjörn. Pilane is an archeological site with iron age grave monuments, tended by sheep. Each summer there is a new sculpture exhibition there, a place for a wonderful walk.
More pictures from Pilane: