About 5 to 6 years ago, in an attempt to keep deer from jumping the backyard fence, I planted 9 new lilac bushes. I already had 2 very old bushes that barely bloom because they are in too much shade. Let’s just say I can never have enough lilacs.
I don’t think I could live in a climate where lilacs didn’t grow. Very few flowers can compete with their intoxicating smell. And in my opinion, they have a softness about them that rivals any peony.
I sometimes think these exquisite beauties are a reward for enduring such harsh, cold winters. And it often seems, the coldest, snowiest winters repay us with the most abundant display of flowers.
Since it is supposed to get down in the 30’s tonight, I made this bouquet to save a few of the blooms. With any luck, the cloud cover will linger through the night, hopefully avoiding any chance of frost. I’d so love to bring these beauties in the house. But I know, coming from such cold outside temps to a warm house would make them wilt overnight.
You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging much the last six months or visiting around. Partly because I have lost interest, and partly because other things in life have become more pressing. Feeling like I have little or nothing new to say, I will predominantly be using my blog as a way to record the gift that my garden is to me. Capturing the beauty of the garden and practicing photography, continues to give me great joy, but to save time, it will be mostly on Instagram.
Hoping everyone is enjoying spring as much as I am!