My awesome mistake…



Can’t seem to find them growing here in the south.

Back home if you have a lilac bush on your street and the neighbor is nice enough to let you raid their yard you would run home with a huge bunch of cuttings so you could get them in water quickly to savor the fragrance; no matter how many you take there always seems to be a ton still left on the branches.

When I was little I remember kids would bring them in for the teacher; somehow I always found myself sitting close to the teachers desk so got to smell them all day long it was intoxicating.

I was lucky to live next door to my sister who had a lilac bush in her yard, I would raid that sucker and fill up my apartment. The kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom; any and every surface that could would have a jar, a glass, or vase perched on it and if it was next to the window even better. All the windows open, the exhilarating aroma wafting in on a warm spring breeze while lying in bed listing to music…ahh Lilacs.

There is no way to replicate this scent. Any perfume that has ever tried it has failed. The closest I have ever come to finding the scent in the off season is a Yankee Candle and that in itself is another story.

My dream as you have seen written before is to have a lilac bush under each window; well this plant has struggled just to survive the last four years, no blossoms just leaves. I had purchased three, two purple/blue and one white. I guess I lost a blue one because this is giving me white flowers. The sister plant, its name is stick to give you an idea of its progress.

4 comments on “My awesome mistake…”

  1. Perhaps the nun should have cleaned out the vase when the flower died.

  2. Perhaps the Lilac is in the same plant family as the cat pee tree.

  3. my memory of lilacs was that a certain family in our school that the visiting nurse always discovered head lice with were the same family that brought in the purple lilacs for the nuns – and most of the nuns left the lilacs in the vases till they got to smell like some kind of animal urine – such a beautiful flower and flagerance with a slanted introduction to my little life….

  4. I love how you’ve softened the photo and that bit of pink sticks out.

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