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Monday, 24 May 2010

The Scent Of Lilacs . . .

"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in bloom,
maybe your soul has never been in bloom." - Terri Guillemets



Not long ago, the tangled branches of the lilac outside my window, were highlighted with snow.
Through the long winter I watched and waited until life returned and the buds began to swell.

Now heavy with blossom and basking in the glorious sunshine, today, the sweet scent of lilacs
reached into me through my open window and called me outside. . .
The view from my desk

I am thinking of the lilac-trees,

That shook their purple plumes,
And when the sash was open,
Shed fragrance through the room.
- Anna S. Stephens


Lilac grows up into the endless blue of the sky
a splash of colour added to the vast palette of greens.


Here comes the time when, vibrating on its stem, every flower fumes
like a censer; noises and perfumes circle in the evening air.

- Charles Baudelaire

Outside the air is heavy with perfume,
the huge purple bush is laden with flowers
and the tall white lilac trees are magnificent
reaching up into the endless blue, blue, sky.
The warmth of the sun, the buzzing of the bees
and the sweet scent of lilac everywhere . . .


My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
- Lousie Driscoll, 1875 - 1957


Breathe in the scent of Lilacs . . .

9 comments:

Selma said...

It is a gloomy, rainy day in Sydney today and it is such a treat to see your beautiful lilacs. How stunning they are!

Susannah said...

Hi Selma - yes, they really are gorgeous, I will send some of their scent your way! :-)

tamara hellgren said...

I adore lilacs! What a great view you have! Here in Brooklyn they've bloomed and faded already...glad they're going strong somewhere :) Love that smell!

Susannah said...

Hi Tamara,
Yes, I so appreciate the view from my desk, it is so nice having all that nature just outside my window!

Thanks for dropping in, it is always good to see you. ;-)

Ann said...

Your lilacs are beautiful. I could nearly smell their wonderful scent through cyberspace!

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Lovely photos Susannah. Thanks for sharing them. I love lilacs. I had a hedge of them at the bottom of my garden. A sure sign of summer was when they were in full bloom, and the scent, almost as heady as the hyacinth.

Susannah said...

Hello Ann - virtual Lilac scent - Hmmm, it could catch on! Good to see you!


Hello Paul, this is the first place I have lived that has Lilacs and so many of them too! The smell really is wonderful, so I can imagine your lilac hedge!

Nice to see you here. :-)

Rosalind Adam said...

Lilacs are very special to me. I love their smell and the way they can fill an entire corner of the garden. I'd LOVE a lilac hedge. It's just a shame they fade so quickly. Thank you for sharing yours with us.

Susannah said...

Hi Rosalind - yes they really are wonderful, my purple lilac has faded but my two white Lilac trees are still blooming and smelling delicious!

Good to see you here, thanks for visiting. :-)

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