Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lilac Time

The rain has finally stopped, the sun is shining in the most beautiful way, and oh my goodness, the lilacs are in full bloom!
 I don't believe I have ever in my life lived in a home without several lilac bushes on the property.
I have 4 big bushes here at the cottage.
Love.
Victoria just grabbed a basket and the clippers and harvested some for me:>)
You can't even tell she took any from the bush.
♥I wish you could smell these.♥
Do you have lilacs?


30 comments:

Prulletje said...

oooh they ook gorgeous...do I smell them allready.....aaargh :-)

Jeanette said...

They look gorgeous and I can almost smell them through the computer! My lone lilac bush is not doing to good this year. It only has a few blooms :( Have a good weekend!

janet said...

Hey Kathy,
I love lilacs! Mine are done blooming, however while I was in NY I got to have lilac season all over again!

My sister-in-law has the most beautiful grape kool-aid colored lilacs.

The aroma is truly divine.

janet xox

janet said...

PS....a little FYI on pruning lilacs. When they are finished blooming that is a good time to prune, but don't wait too long as they will soon begin to 'set' buds for next year. If you prune after that you are basically removing next years flower heads...not a good thing.

Never leave the dead flower seed head on your plant, be sure to dead head it off asap.

Many times when folks say their lilac failed to bloom, it's because they either failed to prune or pruned too late.

Sorry...I didn't mean to hog your post

Janet xox

{ L } said...

Yes, yes! I'm a big fan. Your photos of them are simply beautiful. <3

Mumzie said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your pictures. Mumzie

Cozy Little House said...

L-o-v-e-l-y! And I've never lived anywhere that there were lilac bushes...
Brenda

Anita Kehn said...

Our lilac bushes do not have one single bloom on them. So sad... Maybe I should follow the instructions left by Janet on pruning. There is nothing quite as uplifting to the soul as the smell of lilacs. That basket full is out of this world! I also like your shoes from the last post.

Atelier de Charo said...

Wonderful flowers!

Buttercup said...

We had lilacs in the houses I grew up in, but living in a New York apartment, no lilacs. I love them and was thrilled to be at the Lilac Festival in Rochester this weekend. Of course, had to blog about it earlier this week. Your pictures are beautiful.

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Of all the flower scents, lilac has always been my favorite. We grew up with 4 big bushes in the yard...three different colors of lilacs.

Love the fully basket!

Lallee said...

Wow, that is flower power! The basket full is beautiful. The fragrance must be out of this world.

Happy Birthday, Kathy!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful!! I only have one small bush that I planted last year. It did get alot of flowers this spring, but because it is so small, I didn't cut any off to bring inside. Now I regret it after seeing your pretty display! I bet the smell wonderful.
Hugs,
Penny

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Your lilacs are so beautiful and I can almost smell them! Ours are just now budding, and I can't wait till they bloom! Thanks for sharing with us Kathy!
xoxo
Marilyn

BailiwickStudio said...

NO! I don't have lilacs! And I'm not even absolutely sure that I've ever smelled a fresh lilac cut right off the bush! Can you believe that? The lilacs at Whole Foods have no scent at all, and they don't seem to grow where I live, or where I grew up. I wish I could get around that somehow! ::Jill

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Oh they are profuse!!!! Don't they smell the best?!!
Mine did not do well and my cherries are pitiful. Such is life :/
I got a new hydrangea today to replace 5 I lost in last year's drought.

Happy@Home said...

Beautiful. I wish I could smell them too. They don't do as well here in NC. I used to live in Michigan and remember that heavenly fragrance. Many years ago my cousin had her wedding reception outside at lilac time. The smell was unforgettable ~ even all these years later.
Enjoy your pretty lilacs.

Mimi Sue said...

When we lived in California it didn't get cold enough for lilacs. So happy to have some in the neighborhood now. Yours are beautiful. Thinking of planting a lilac hedge in the backyard. Mimi

tammylovesdishes said...

Oh those are gorgeous lilacs! I just love their fragrance and wish I was there to smell this basketful!
Tammy

bj said...

These are my all-time favorite, best smelling flower of all time!
I don;t have even one bush..I am on my way to look for one, tho. Do they need full sun?
Beautiful photo...and I also love your new shoes. Your girls know you well..and I have ALWAYS wanted a white, wooden porch...maybe because I grew up with them.
xoxoxo

bee'nme said...

Oh my goodness, I can almost smell that heavenly scent! (what a gorgeous basket full of loveliness!!) Lilacs were new to me when I moved to Colorado in 1998, and I was instantly smitten! We had a huge bush that was right by the big dog house/shed that our dogs bunked in at night, so every night when I put them to bed, I would pause to breathe in that incredible scent...love that memory! Alas, lilacs don't grow here in Texas, and I miss them terribly, but seeing your abundance makes me smile and take a deep breath all over again...

LOVE the table runner someone gifted you earlier...wow, so cute...and those shoes, divine! I've been out of pocket all week again and today is the first day I've been able to spend at the computer, so I'm a bit behind on everyone's news. Hope all is well with you dear friend! Enjoy your remaining weekend...

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky

Ann said...

Oh, how I would love to be there in your garden to enjoy the lilacs. We're from New England where we always had lilacs, now living in Lake Havasu, Arizona, where they don't exist. Such gorgeous blooms and heavenly smell ... things we miss.

Anonymous said...

As usual, your post is breathtaking in its simplicity and beauty! THis post makes me long to see you...no because I love the smell of lilacs...(I don't!)....but because it reminds me of how MUCH I love and miss you!

Much love,

Penny

Elizabeth and Gary said...

So pretty! I love how sweet they look in the basket, absolutely beautiful.
I love your shoes...and yes cute shoes do make the world go round..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Val said...

Lilacs are one of my favorites. Lovely photos. :)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Oh my gosh!! I'm Soooooo jealous! I absolutely love lilacs and they're very had to grow in Georgia. I can just imagine the divine fragrance from that gorgeous basket. Lucky you!

ANNEMARIE said...

Soooo gorgeous! Their fragrance is so heavenly just wish the season was longer! Love your blog! Have a great week! xx AnneMarie xx

Karen June Miller said...

So purty! Lilacs would not grow up here on the mountain. You'll have to keep me stimulated.

Smiles, KJ
Idaho City

Mary said...

Oh Kathy, they are gorgeous!!! I wish I could smell them right now. :) I really need to plant at least one bush this year... :)

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!
xoxo,
Mary

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautimous!!

***sniff****

devine!

xxoo