I have four common lilac shrubs planted in a row and, really, there's nothing common about them! I am always amazed that there are so many shades of purple and pink in their blooms. Really gorgeous. They are planted at the side of the house that doesn't have any windows so I need to go outside to see them. Their scent reaches our back door though and provides a strong incentive to walk around the side of the house and visit them often.
They were planted almost fourteen years ago now and have grown to be so tall and majestic. Their habit of sending up suckers in surrounding flower beds is a little annoying but a small penalty to pay to enjoy their beauty.
In honour of my lovely lilacs, I am giving away a pair of my lilac cards (one each of my Lilacs and Lilac Sprig images). All you have to do is leave a comment below and I will choose one winner here on June 1st (noon EDT). Because the lilacs' scent has gone to my head, I'm also giving away pairs on Instagram and Facebook. So you can increase your chances of winning by commenting there too.
Giveaway results (June 1, 2014):
I think it is so nice that the random number generator I used for my giveaway happened to pick locations around the world. :)
Blog winner: Jessica in the United States
Facebook winner: Maribel in Spain
Instagram winner: Sharon in Australia
Thank you to everyone who entered. Thanks especially for your lovely comments. Here's to lilac love!
|If my hand looks a little awkward in this photo, it's because I took the photo with my iPad.|
I had my iPad steadied on my outstretched arm. Artist and acrobat.
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In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings,Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,With every leaf a miracle - and from this bush in the dooryard,With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,A sprig with its flower I break.
From Walt Whitman's 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d' (Leaves of Grass)