When I was little, an old woman who lived across the alley
from my grandmother
grew the largest lilac bushes I have ever seen.
Every spring, my little hands would rip these huge blooms from the bushes
before I hopped in the car to go home.
The bushes were so loaded, no one missed them.
Common lilacs...those are the big 'uns.
Who can imagine any romantic backyard without lilacs in springtime?
My bushes are six years old now and tower over me.
An absolute must for any vintage garden.
She used to have them in both violet and white.
I can only find the purple variety, and they aren't as large as I remember hers being,