A Sure Sign Spring is Finally Here

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The lilacs are blooming (not my photo). I could smell them on the way home from work yesterday before I saw them. No chance of snow now until the fall (whew!). Ok, that might be famous last words but I'd bet money on it at this point. White or purple, these fragrant flowers have suddenly exploded all over the place.

I love lilacs. Many folks say the smell reminds them of old ladies. I don't know where this started but I understand what they mean - it is a fragrance often associated with the elderly. Possibly due to Crabtree & Evelyn or some other such soap manufacturer. For me though, I've always loved the smell. As a teen, I used to love going to the Body Shop and getting one of their perfumed oils fragranced with lilac. Yes, I was teased by folks like Jody the Non Blogger but I didn't care. To me, it's romantic, soft, feminine, and instantly makes me think of spring. Its been years since I have had anything with the scent in it as most scented soaps/moisturizers iritate my skin but I think I might need to make a trip to the Body Shop again just to see...

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, I adore lilacs, too! They are blooming all over the place around here - except in Rossland. Typical. Hopefully soon, though!

Gardenia said...

I love lilacs too - they are so luxurious - they come in glorious heaps and the scent just envelopes a person. I don't think of old ladies, anything as sensuous as heaps of lilacs to me is reminds me of romance! So you go girl - envelope your body in the scents....we can't be the only lilacophiles out there

Unfortunately it is too hot for them here - but plenty of other flowers make up for it, like the gardenias....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Our lilacs have not yet begun to bloom, but I love the smell of them too. We have a purple and two white lilac trees in our yard.

SME said...

Lilac is one of my favourite scents on the planet!! This time of year I make an ass of myself snorting every one I come across.

tweetey30 said...

We have a huge tree of it in our back yard. Needs to be pruned though or its going to die on us soon.

sp said...

Where I grew up in N.B. we had a lilac hedge that separated the driveway from the yard on the side of the house. The scent was wonderful. I always loved them when I was a kid and still do.

Milla said...

I adore lilacs, how the smell, the colours of the flowers, how the leaves change colour in the rain.

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