May 29, 2014

Lovely Lilacs: A Giveaway (Closed)

Oh joy! My lilacs are in bloom and the scent is heavenly. My shrubs are FULL of blooms this year. We had a tough winter here so I worried that the lilacs wouldn't be at their best but they absolutely are.

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)


  1. They are so beautiful!

  2. Kathleen I am going to have to hire you as garden designer for our new home- it's just a bare patch of sand. I'm so envious of your garden bounty!
    Your paintings are just stunning!

  3. Both your cards and your lilacs are beautiful!!! I'd love to be the winner!!

    1. Congratulations, Jessica! You are the winner of the pair of lilac cards. Please send me your mailing address. You can use the 'contact me' form at the bottom of the page.

    2. Thank you so much, Kathleen!!! I am so excited!!

  4. Thanks, Janet, Cindy and Jessica, for your comments. I'll announce later this afternoon who won the card. :)

  5. Because of the hundreds of entries (ha ha!), I used a random number generator to pick the winner. I did. Congratulations, Jessica Nielsen! You are the winner of a pair of my lilac cards. You can use the 'Contact Me' form at the bottom of the blog page (right column) to send me your mailing address.

    Thanks to Janet and Cindy for your lovely comments. Cindy, buy me a plane ticket and I would be happy to be your garden designer. :)

  6. Kathleen these Lilacs are breathtaking. Mine are finished blooming so very happy to revisit them at your blog. The cards are stunning. Hope you have a great week and congratulations to the winners. They will be truly blessed with your cards.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. Have a lovely week too.


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to leave me a comment. I love reading them. -- Kathleen

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