The lilacs are in bloom!
It's hit or miss with lilacs in this part of Missouri, especially with the late spring frosts we often get down here in our little valley, which the weather people refer to as a 'low lying area.' Sometimes the bushes put on hardly any flowers (or even none at all), and sometimes they're covered with buds but they end up freezing to death.
But sometimes, like this year, everything goes exactly according to plan, the air becomes heavy with that unmistakable thick, sweet scent of hundreds of those tiny flowers in bloom, and for a blissful days I'm in heaven.
We did have a pretty good frost Thursday night, but hardly any of the buds had opened yet, and thankfully only the smaller blooms were affected. Warm, sunny days have been teasing out the flowers this weekend, and each time I walk by them I can't help but stop, gently pull down a branch, and breathe them in.
Yesterday when I was doing exactly that, Joe said, "Why don't you just snip off that flower and bring it in the house?" And so I did. I put it in a tiny vintage glass and set it on the bedside table next to my favorite stained glass lamp. It quickly perfumed half the room, and last night I was lulled to sleep by its glorious scent.
I've decided that old familiar saying should be changed to Take time to stop and smell the lilacs. I'm sure some of you lilac lovers must agree?
I didn't grow up with lilacs, so I don't have lots of lilac memories stored away, but I'm busy making up for lost time by celebrating them every chance I can. Breathing in their perfume as I hang laundry in the sunshine. Stopping to take their picture and capturing my hunky farmguy on his tractor in the distance.
In the comments section of this lilac post and this one, many of you were kind enough to share your own lilac memories and stories. I'd love to hear more! Just leave a comment below.
More lilac posts:
3/22/08: Leaves on the Lilacs
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