Monday, May 13, 2013

Once Upon a Lilac


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.
No one cared.






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,
but they are large enough to satiate the nostalgia 
of those old neighborhood back alley blooms.

Sharing with
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French Country Cottage

4 comments:

Pam said...

Those are gorgeous and I agree. Every romantic garden has to have at least one lilac bush. Mine are all the Miss Kim variety and they just are not the same. Tiny blooms and not nearly as fragrant!

Prims By The Water said...

I remember my gramma having huge lilacs towering on her farm too. At my other home I had many colors from purple to white, variegated, pink and even a yellow one. Springhill Nursery had many varieties. Love their fragrance! Thanks for sharing, and I agree..every yard needs a lilac bush. Janice

Prims By The Water said...

I remember my gramma having huge lilacs towering on her farm too. At my other home I had many colors from purple to white, variegated, pink and even a yellow one. Springhill Nursery had many varieties. Love their fragrance! Thanks for sharing, and I agree..every yard needs a lilac bush. Janice

Red Rose Alley said...

Aaaaahhhh, this is the second post tonight that showed their beautiful lilacs. I can smell them from here.

Love,
~Sheri

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