Despite being a Canadian, I’m not a fan of snow or the cold weather unless I’m looking outside a window with a cup of hot chocolate or a caramel latte in my hands. 😉
Before we know it, spring will be here. I can hardly wait! Can you?
Spring spells more rain, but I actually like carrying an umbrella. You know those clear, domed ones? Those are the kind I like, but haven’t been able to find an affordable one yet. And I’ve been tempted to buy a frog umbrella – the green ones that have the ears sticking up.
And when I think about spring, I can’t help but think about lilacs. They’re by far my favourite flowers because they smell heavenly and they have clusters of tiny flowers!
What are your favourite flowers?
It’s such a shame that lilacs don’t last very long in the spring, but perhaps that’s a reminder for us all to appreciate the good things while they are here. 😉
In today’s Smorgasbord Sundays post, I’ll share with you some photos of lilacs as well as interesting information about them.
There are a myriad of different lilac colours and hybrids. Some are solid, others have contrasting outlines, and there are even ones that have serrated edges!
Although I love the look of all of them, my absolute favourite is the classic solid-light-purple variety. I also think that it smells the best.
Here are some lovely photos of my favourite kind of lilacs:
I’m not big on wearing perfume that’s heavy on the floral notes, but if I ever find one that smells like authentic lilacs, I may go temporarily insane!
(When I found the Slatkin & Co. Lilac Blossom Candle, I went head over heels because the scent is true-to-life.)
This one’s a variation of the lilacs I like. You’ll notice that the petals are curled.
Some Interesting Things I Read About Lilacs from Wikipedia & Various Sources:
- Lilacs symbolize love. (Hmm, I always thought roses were associated with that more and that lilacs symbolized puppy love.)
- Syringa vulgaris (the Latin name for the common lilac) is New Hampshire’s state flower. It’s “symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State.”
- They can grow from 6′ 7″ to 32′ 10″ tall!
- Each flower is just 5 to 10 mm in diameter.
- Some species of Lepidoptera larvae like the Copper Underwing and Scalloped Oak eat lilacs
- Some lilacs have yellow blooms. (I’ve never seen these before. Have you?)
- If you want to successful grow lilacs, make sure they have full sun and that the soil is neutral and rich with high organic matter.
- Once lilac blooms wilt, immediately remove them because this will encourage more blooms in the following year.
What are your favourite flowers? Do you buy fresh-cut flowers, or do you prefer potted ones? Will you be doing any gardening this spring?
Hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday so far! 🙂