I remember the first time I smelled a Lilac. After college, I was nannying for the most awesome kids who loved going on adventures in the woods behind their home. Each early spring, we would shed our coats, grab some sticks and mason jars, and set out on these grand adventures to catch tadpoles, learn about edible wild plants, name trees, pick flowers, and sing adventurous songs. Each time we started out our adventures, we would always pass the biggest Lilac bush that I have ever seen. In early spring, you absolutely could not miss this Lilac bush because it exuded the most glorious sweet smell. The first time that I smelled this plant, I thought that it was a hyacinth in the distance because the smell was similar but much more faint than the smell of the hyacinth. I, soon, learned that it was a Lilac and I fell in love. My kids would run to the bush smiling and screaming “Vanessa, the Lilac smells so sweet.” I’d smile and say “but it does! doesn’t it!” We loved that bush and I suspect that they still do. Under that bush, we would pause for a while, taking in the lovely sweet smell of the Lilac, and speak of how on our return, we would pick some to give to “mama.”
We don’t have a mature lilac bush on our property but last year, I bought 2 young ones at Lowes and I drowned one but the other one is doing so well. When I moved into my own house, Peonies, Lilacs, and Magnolias were among the plants that I wanted to have. This house already had a bunch of mature peonies. I planted the lilacs last year but I cannot decide if it is worth it to plant a magnolia here since they take long time to mature.
I cannot wait for my little lilac plant to mature and start to produce flowers. In the meantime, however,that the neighbors have a bush with some branches that hang on our property. I have been eyeing them for the last few days and today I grabbed a few of the blooms and brought them inside.
Our front door does not get a lot of sun because of the trees and so I filled a mason jar with some water, put the bunch of Lilacs in there and dropped them in a basket. They look so lovely. I don’t know that I will keep it there. Odds are, I will go to Micheals tomorrow and buy some fake lilacs to put in here while I enjoy these ones inside.
This front doors will get a new paint job soon but for today, every time I open the door, I am reminded of the lilac bush on the back of that house on Linden street. I am reminded of the giggles and smiles of my two (who later became 3) adventurous kids who loved the Lilac bush. I have not seen those kids in about 6 months and yesterday, I texted their mom and we set a date for one more of these adventures in the woods right past that giant lilac bush and my heart could not be happier.
If you like it, Pin it!
Subscribe via Email
You May Also Like: