Sunday, May 4, 2014

i LOVE the first scent of spring, lilacs!

I love a number of flowers... peonies, roses, zinnias, sweet peas, magnolias but hands down, lilacs are my favorite scent.  There's nothing quite like it.  And at this time of the year it's the first fragrance in my gardens.

This lilac bush was probably what excited me the most when we were "discovering" all the old plantings here at Red Gate Farm nine years ago.  As someone who failed to have one single lilac on my bush at my last home, I was thrilled when this one was covered in blooms that first spring.

Our weather last week was fabulous and the lilac really busted out.  We actually hit 80 degrees on Thursday and that heat meant you could smell the lilac when you walked out the back door... and believe me, in this part of the world there's certainly no guarantee of warm days when the lilac is blooming so I enjoyed every moment!

I headed out, camera in hand, every evening and day over the last week or so to take many, many lilac photos... ok, I'll admit to around 200 if you really want to know.

But with a relatively short window of opportunity, well who could blame me?

My lilac has a pinky, rosy hue when it first starts to bloom that quickly turns into a pretty shade of lavender.

I think I got every angle of this bush...

Although this one is a favorite.  Nothing says country like a lilac, a barn and a couple of antique farm trucks.

And those of you with a keen eye may have noticed that some of "the lawn" isn't quite as green as usual for the end of April - beginning of May....

In fact, it looks a lot more like August, without irrigation of any kind...

This was one of two tractors my husband ran through the front lawn with on Saturday...

What looked like this a couple of weeks ago...

Looked like this last Thursday...

And now like this...

Here's hoping the "after" photo isn't too long in the making!

And fortunately for me, I had already taken those 200 pictures of my lilac BEFORE the big dig happened.
And I brought a few inside which currently provides a much cleaner back drop...

So how about you... what's your favorite scent from the garden?

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  1. Oh totally.. the lilac. You need to get a bush of the dark purple ones and a bush of white lilac. They even have a variety that is lavender with a white edging. Of which I bought at the Hulda Klager lilac garden. If you've never been there you need to go. But my white edged one turned out to be a common lavender one. Oh well! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Lilacs are a real treat every spring! And I love that shot with the barn and trucks - a real classic! You are a few weeks ahead of us, can't wait to see my lilac bloom!

  3. And by the way, our monthly garden party is back, hope you come by and share Chris!

  4. Oh, I've missed my garden friends! Hope to see you share your post over at Fishtail Cottage's Garden Party this upcoming Thursday. xoxo, tracie

  5. Gorgeous lilac!
    I'm sending you big sympathy for the Big Dig - just keep your eyes on the desired results!

  6. This is so pretty! I hope you will share it at my NEW 'Home Sweet Garden' link up party every Tuesday! ♥ Brooke

    This week's party is here...

  7. I LOVE the lilac! Ours are all done now :( I had them in my house a few weeks ago and loved every minute. Nothing says Spring like a lilac, and yours are gorgeous. Take a whiff of yours for me, will ya? xo Jodi

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