One of the many things I look forward to when spring arrives is the smell of lilacs. We have twelve in our yard, from light to dark as well as white and from early to mid and late blooming. It is one flower that my husband and I both equally love.
For me, I find the lilac scent to be intoxicating. When the windows are open, or I am outside in the yard or on a walk, the aroma causes me to lose sight of previous thoughts as I breathe in their sweet yet gentle aroma.
I find that the lilac tree is an eye-appealing tree that transitions well from spring and into fall. Once the flowers have died back and trimmed away, the green leaves that flourish provide a lovely backdrop, and when combined with a few others a lovely wall border.
The benefit of having a variety of lilacs in our yard is that the normal two-week floral enjoyment they provide lasts us six weeks. As one tree loses its flowers, the next batch is producing their own set of aromatic sweetness.
Lilacs are hardy, easy to grow and low maintenance. They reach heights of five to fifteen feet tall, with flowers that greet you at eye-level. The other benefit that we enjoy in having these fragrant flowers in our yard, other than cutting and bringing in for our inside enjoyment, is how they attract butterflies, another sign that spring has arrived.
These flowers might not last long, but they certainly leave one with lifelong memories. For myself, I remember walking to school, passing by the neighboring homes that had their front yards bordered with these magnificent trees. One neighbor allowed me to break off stems on my way to school to bring to my teachers or on the way home for my own enjoyment. My husband has fond memories of them being all around his home when he was a young boy. Then, soon after we started dating in high school I remember him sharing blossoms with me, sometimes just to put in my hair.
Now, with one daughter living away and in her own home, she has shared with me often how she looks forward to adding some lilacs to her landscape. With this knowledge we had taken an offshoot a few years back, placed in a planter in hopes that it would survive and grow. It has done well and is ready to be transplanted into her yard. Now all we have to do is surprise her with a visit so that she can plant new memories for herself.
Last night my husband brought me in a large bouquet, combining the light and dark purple colors. These flowers might not last long, but they certainly have the ability to fill a home with a sweet, calming and reflective ambience.
Pleasures in life can swiftly pass unnoticed when you don’t take time to enjoy the beauty and sweet aroma that surrounds you. Take time to enjoy the true beauty in life with those that fill your heart with joy.