Every Spring when the grass begins to green up and the days lengthen with the warm rays of the sun, the trees and bushes begin to bud and flower. This year Spring has been unusually early and warm. So warm, in fact, that Colorado experienced its driest March since precipitation and moisture levels began being recorded in the 1800’s.
One of the most sweet smells of Spring is the blooms of the lilac bushes. The lilac (Syringa) is a member of the olive family (Oleaceae) and there are many different varieties with the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) being the most common. Near the Golden Frames & Gifts shop, there are many lilac bushes.
The deep green leaves contrast nicely with the splendid purple lilac blooms just beginning to emerge. On the way into the shop, I walked by five large lilac bushes and breathed in the sweet fragrance of the lilac flowers. Delightful. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.
More about Lilacs
Lilacs are a very popular flower to grow since the bushes are hardy and can live for hundreds of years. Although originally from Asia and Europe, lilacs were popularized in the 1700’s in the United States. U. S. presidents and horticultural leaders have cultivated lilacs for pleasure and civic beauty. Lilacs have been the subject of poetry as in “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” by Walt Whitman. There is even an International Lilac Society.
When you see a lilac in bloom, remember to stop and smell the flowers. Lilacs are only in bloom for a short time in the Spring.