It is finally time for the blooming of lilacs. This is the time of year, where even though we may have a thick heavy frost on the ground, you know that summer is right around the corner. I think most people adore lilacs just because it is a sign that spring is truly here. Or one might adore the powerful scent. Which may take them back to a fond childhood memory. When I see or smell lilacs I think of my childhood home where I lived for 10 years in Battle Creek, Michigan. We lived in suburbia & on a corner in a traditional 2 story home that was kept immacualte inside & out by my parents. As one of four kids, we had to help around the house & in the yard, but my parents were the ones that kept it neat & tidy. (ummm, except for the garage! that was "organized chaos")
In the backyard in a little corner where the garden hose was situated, there was a lovely lilac bush. It was not the prettiest of corners, except when the lilac bush was in bloom. Then it was my very favorite corner of the world.
Many years later & one state away, my lilac bush blooms a little earlier than the one in my childhood town. Except I have a baby lilac bush & cannot cut the blooms, as I fear that it will stunt its growth. It was a Mother's Day gift from hubby & the kids a few years ago. Fortunately for me, my mother-in-law is kind enough to let me cut whatever I like from her collection of lilac bushes.
A new reader of mine (go check out her blog, Revamped French Maison) has asked the simple question , "How do you keep your blooms fresh looking? I've never had much luck with that. They just wilt and shrivel up in a day. It's quite strange to me."
Well that got me thinking. How do you keep them from shriveling up, once they are cut? This is why I love to blog. I have a reason to think & research on fun subjects like lilacs. I have no idea what keeps them fresh! I just cut them & place them in water & hope that they will survive for a few days. Then the rhododendrons & peonies will be getting ready to bloom. And summer will be here.
But I cannot leave my new friend hanging, so I did a little research & found this excellent article on keeping lilacs fresh. I did most of it correctly (I didn't have a floral preservative). Also, you may want to arrange them outside & bring them in after the spiders & bees have left the blooms. I love learning new things & hope you find this link helpful.
Enjoy the pictures of the lovely blooming lilacs.
What flower takes you down memory lane?