Yes, I love lilac, and am delighted that dewspite the winter damage to my French garden, the white, pale and dark lilacs have all survived and look wonderful. Your post has encouraged me to go and pick some to bring into the house. J.
I have really only smelled lilacs a couple of times in my life…isn’t that too bad? They don’t grow in our climate and it is very rare to see them in an arrangement…even the most luxurious! What a gorgeous spring flower…and I can imagine the scent–but that’s not quite the same. I’ll simply be very happy for you! Enjoy!! Debra
Spring wouldn’t be complete without some here, Debra. They have bloomed way to early here by about a month. I just had to bring some indoors to enjoy them close up. My Miss Kim, a new variety, is just about ready to bloom, early for her as well. Sigh.
Thanks, Juliet. I’m just starting to catch up and get back into the swing of things. The fragrance of lilacs is so intoxicating. They need the cold of winter to give us their spring show – and we wait for them each year. This year they have bloomed early, another sign of the unusual weather patterns we all seem to be experiencing.
Short here as well, Janet, though my Miss Kim lilac is a later bloomer and just starting to look like she is ready to show off. I’ll relish one last show – if they deer don’t get to her first. Lombard has a lilac festival each May. Not this year. They were just starting to bloom up around Rockford as we came down yesterday from MN.
The fragrance of lilacs makes me swoon. The huge lilac bush outside my front door has, alas, bloomed its last. Sigh. I saw the photo of yours and could almost smell the lingering fragrance of my many bouquets this spring. What a slick trick of Mother Nature to only give us the lovelies for such a short time.
It is a slick trick, isn’t it Belle? I’ve learned to bring some lilacs indoors when the lilacs bloom and to enjoy them close-up for just that reason. As you say, it is a “lingering frangrance” that is almost intoxicating. What a joy lilacs bring.
Reminds me that I need to pop over to my sister’s in order to breathe deeply from her lilac bush–maybe tomorrow. The blooms were just opening Easter Sunday, but I know they won’t last long, and if the rain being forecast arrives this week-end they may fade even more quickly. Lilacs and the wisteria (which DOES grow in Charleston in unbelieveably large, tree-hung displays) are two of my favorite spring scents. Your photo is lovely, Penny.
Oh do go and see them while you still can, Karen. Everything about the lilac is breathtaking, isn’t it? From the sweet little flowers all clustered together on the branches to the heady fragrance. Ah, wisteria is harder to grow up here, though I have a friend who has had some success. They just drip with the essence of spring, don’t they? Thank you, Karen.