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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

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

Spectacular Spring Flowers

Gorgeous purple and yellow floral arrangement

Gorgeous purple and yellow floral arrangement

As I mentioned before, we have had some unseasonably warm days this year so the spring plants are very confused.  Flowers are blooming early so why not take advantage.  While my parents are out of town, I stopped by their house to see if there were any blooms to be snipped from the garden.  Just enough to make this stunning arrangement of irises, lilacs and freesias.  I love the striking color combination and it makes me smile.

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. -Pablo Neruda

*Tina

Lilac Lunacy

A beautiful scent permeates the air.

A beautiful scent permeates the air.

As some of you may have heard, we are still experiencing warm weather in January with no rain in sight.  The lilac tree was lulled into thinking it was an early spring and started to bloom in late December.  It is so confused, but we welcome the delicate blooms and sweet scent.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in Nature. -Gerard De Nerval

*Tina

Mixed Floral Bouquet

This bouquet has a classic, old world feel.

This bouquet has a classic, old world feel.

For the first time since moving to our charming home, I was able to create a mixed bouquet of flowers from the garden.  The roses and lilacs came with the property and last year I planted the sweet peas.  I am beyond excited that I was able to create this delightful arrangement with what I had on hand.  I am filled with immense satisfaction and happy that I am able to bring some of the garden inside for my own enjoyment.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.  -Luther Burbank

*Tina

Luscious Lilacs Part II

I love the varying shades of purples!

I love the varying shades of purples!

Here is the last bunch we picked from the lilac tree.  It was the best season so far and I look forward to next year’s crop.  Until then, I bid adieu.

Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.  -Chinese proverb

*Tina

Luscious Lilacs

The lilacs are blooming!

Lilacs have a delicate, intoxicating scent.

When we purchased our home and I realized that we had a lilac tree, I was ecstatic.  Lilac trees aren’t very common in Southern California and I would visit Descanso Gardens for my annual fix.  Now, all I have to do is walk into my backyard and view them in all of their glory.  How divine!

*Tina

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