It’s been a great year for my favorite spring flower: the lilac. We had an early spring (almost summer-like) here in the Midwest and the result has been an early showing of green grass and leaves on the trees. Now, of course, it’s turned chilly again, but that’s pretty much the mantra for Chicago-area weather. If you don’t like it, wait a minute and it will change! The warm weather early on, we had a stretch of 80s at the beginning of March, encouraged the lilacs to burst forth in glory and abundance.
Normally, they bloom for about a week and then fade away. This year, the now cooler temperatures have encouraged them to hold onto their blooms, and I still have a yard full of beautiful purple blossoms that have lasted for weeks.
Lilacs are a hearty, fast growing plant. We bought one about yea high (picture me holding my hand about a foot off the ground) when we first bought our house. Now the bush is about three feet taller than me (I’m five-six) and wider than it’s tall. We have another one, more tree-like, next to the footbridge leading to our pond, and smaller ones next to the vegetable garden and by the patio near the gazing ball. We have four (Ones with more reddish blooms that didn’t last as long this year.) along the fence to help with privacy.
Lilacs are not only great outdoors, but indoors as well. They are the perfect plant to cut and arrange. They bring their sweet frangrance to all corners of the house. And they add the perfect splash of spring color after the long days of winter’s grey and white.
In closing, I’d like to add how honored I am to have been asked to join Authors By Moonlight. This is an amazingly talented group of writers, and I am thrilled beyond measure to be included. I look forward to blooming and growing here for many years!
Until next time,