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Lilac Loveliness

It has been about two months since our lilac tree has bloomed.  Oh, do I miss it so. The fragrance gently wafts over you and the pretty flowers make me smile.  Our tree is right outside our back door so I get a glimpse of it every time I come and go from the garage or get something from our back porch.  Lilacs always signal the start of spring and have various meanings associated with the petal color.  The two week blooming period was far too short, but I look forward to seeing the profusion of blooms next spring.  Enjoy!

If heaven has a scent, it must smell like lilacs in bloom. -Victoria Doyle Heagy

*Tina

P.S. Scratch and sniff photography would be really handy right now.

Lemons and Lilacs

A delightful delicate scent perfumes the air.

A delightful, delicate scent perfumes the air.

According to the calendar, spring hasn’t started yet, but in my world it has.  Over the weekend, our lilac tree burst into bloom.  Maybe exploded is a better word to use to describe the event.  The tree was covered and it is a delight to see.  Since moving into our home almost five years ago, this explosion of blooms is the best so far.  On Sunday, my father dropped off a standard sized paper grocery bag filled with lemons.  The fatherly drop off has been a weekly occurrence for some time, but this bag had the largest crop including lemons the size of softballs.  Yesterday, I shared the lemons and lilacs with my colleagues and it brightened everyone’s day.  Thank you Mother Nature for sharing your bounty with us!

*Tina

Daughter Lilac

Sweet as can be!

Sweet as can be!

Something amazing happened!  Our lilac tree produced an offspring and here she is.  My husband noticed this anomaly before I did.  As I have posted before, our weather in Southern California this year has been uncharacteristic to say the least.  Unseasonably warm for long stretches of time and rain in the summer and early fall.  Quite unusual.  To have a lilac tree in this warm climate, we have a specific variety and it only blooms in February or March.  That is it, nothing more.  Welcome, Daughter Lilac, we hope you stay awhile.

*Tina

Blooming Lilacs

 

Such a gentle, sweet scent!

Such a gentle, sweet scent!

It is lilac time!  When we purchased our home, we were thrilled that we inherited a mature lilac tree.  The first year was a little rough because it had been neglected over the years and was overgrown.  With instructions from a landscape gardener, I gave it some tough love and cut it back hard.  Now, it blooms every March and provides the most delightful sprigs of lilacs.  My husband climbs the ladder to reach the tallest blooms and with the cuttings I am able to fill my grandmother’s Lenox vase with these beauties.  The scent wafts through our dining room and reminds me that spring is around the corner.

The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom. – Yevgeny Zamyatin

*Tina

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