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Friday, May 10, 2013

The Lilacs at the End of the Driveway

I seldom, if ever, show the lilacs at the end of the driveway. They only look spectacular once a year, the rest of the time they're just a green mass. Some years they bloom better than others, and this year they're looking wonderfully full.

They fill the air in the gravel garden with their scent. Their all-too-brief flowers are a really deep purple, not the washed-out purply lavender of many.

They remind me of my childhood.



Don't know why the color is so off, they look much pinker here than they do in person.

I wish you could all smell them!

13 comments:

  1. It looks like it has a fairly attractive form as far as lilacs go, and I have an emotional attachment to them as well.

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  2. I love lilacs. Part emotional, part because they are so wonderfully fragrant. I planted a climbing rose at the base of my lilac and it's woven its canes through the lilac branches, so I get another flush of blooms (pink sweetheart roses) out of my lilac every June.

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  3. I grew up with lilacs and the fragrance filled my nostrils as I read this. Thanks! Your lilacs look lovely.

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  4. Purples are difficult to get on camera. Your lilacs are absolutely stunning. I like how you limbed up the bushes. Even a green mass can be beautiful!

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  5. A sentemental favorite of many. Our sense of smell is more closely related to memory than any other sense so our emotional attachment to lilacs is certainly understandable. They make me think of home, those I love(d), simpler times, and Abe Lincoln. (Because of the Walt Whitman poem, "When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom'd.")

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  6. I agree, there is so much sentimental attachment to them...more than any other scent, they remind me of my childhood, love them, just wish I had room for one :-)

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  7. Glad you've shown us your lilacs in bloom, we love em! The Lilac we have in the garden originally came from my childhood home and has been with me since I was a little boy.

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  8. You must have had a beautiful childhood. :) Your lilacs are lovely.

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  9. I agree with your comments about liliacs, except I didn't have any in my childhood memories. They do have an intoxicating fragrance. Mine are very hard to photograph since they are always backlit and I don't know how to deal with it. But there are also the other things that bloom only once a year... Rhododendrons, some Old Garden Roses, lots of flowers, actually, but in succession they keep me in flowers.

    My camera also has trouble getting blues and purples the correct shade- very frustrating. Your lilacs are a lot darker than mine.

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  10. Those are gorgeous, Alison! I've never had the opportunity to smell them in bloom. Love your gabion pillars!!!!

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  11. Lilacs aren't much most of the year, but that fragrance! Those few days of sweet perfume justify the green blob for the rest of the year.

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  12. That is a gorgeous, large, lilac bush! So glad you shared them on your blog. Their scent waffling through gardens this time of year always makes me smile. Cheers, Jenni

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  13. This seems to be a very good year for lilacs - I wish mine would bloom! They've been in the ground for 5 years & no sign of flowers yet... Thanks for sharing!

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