Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Reprise -- It's a Lilac Year

2010 was certainly a lilac year -- 2011 is not!!! The lilacs are blooming but they are not as prolific as they were last year. Bouquets, however, do grace tabletops at Linderhof as long as they bloom.

This post was originally posted on April 20, 2010. The lilacs in 2011 are blooming at about the same time!

It is definitely a lilac year. The bushes are filled -- absolutely filled -- with blooms and the fragrance as you enter or leave by the back door is heady! For there are 3 bushes that line the drive and they are a mass of lilac.

They're the "children" of some forgotten bushes at an abandoned house in Nevada, Missouri, and after we moved to Linderhof, I would pick the blossoms off of the bushes and one day I got brave and dug up three starts. (Yes, I know I was trespassing -- but no one appreciated the bushes and I certainly did).

Two of the bushes I planted between our driveways and the other by the back window of the dining room. They grew and flourished. And they bloomed -- but never as profusely as in 2010 -- A Lilac Year.

The third bush that lines the drive is a descendant of the lilac bush that was under the bedroom window in the apartment that my parents lived in when I was born. A start was taken from that bush when my parents moved into a house across the street and when they moved to suburbia six years later, a start of that bush went with them.

I got a start of the suburbia descendant the year my mother died. The following year, this wee bush bloomed -- one bloom. I think it was a message from my mother. For it didn't bloom again until it was of blooming size.

It's a big bush now and this year, it's loaded with the old fashioned lilac lilacs!
No fancy cultivars for me -- the old fashioned farm lilacs are perfect for Linderhof's old fashioned garden. And what to do with an abundance of lilac blooms.
Cut them and bring them in . . . . so that the breakfast room and living room smell like lilacs as well as the outside! They make a spectacular bouquet in the blue and white Spode milk pitcher.
And I think you can almost smell the lilacs . . . can't you?


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I "LOVED" your post!!! Lilacs are one of my VERY,VERY Favorites. I sure wish I had an heirloom to my childhood bushes. How LUCKY you are...We had SO MUCH winter damage with the heft of our snow that this is going to be a sacrificial PRUNING year...I wish I had all the lilacs you do. Their scent is heavenly!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful! I remember lilacs when we lived in Maine. Gorgeous!
Hope y'all are having a great weekend.
Ladybug Creek

Tracey said...

Wish I could somehow smell those gorgeous lilacs through the computer. At least I have your lovely pictures to look at :^)

Thanks for sharing!

Rose H (UK) said...

:o) A lovely post!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I wish I had the old fashion color, mine is white and I am anxious for it to bloom!

Priscilla said...

What a wonderful way to save memories. Yes, I can almost smell them. Our lilac is just putting out its first tiny green leaves.
When we lived in England, the old (and I do mean old - 92) lady who lived next door had a lilac that was as high as our house. It was next to our garage and was half again as tall. She encourage me to pick all I wanted. I always do what I'm told!

mrsnesbitt said...

My favourite too!

Pondside said...

Ours are still buds - or they were last week when I left. I can't wait for the blooms outside the dining room window!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your lilacs were beautiful last year! And I agree, the simple old fashioned ones are just the best! I wonder what's making yours underperform this time around?

Sue said...

Beautiful. I can't wait for our Lilacs to bloom here to see if it is a Lilac year or not. It may be a while though as it is snowing as I type this....

Barbara said...

Beautiful and I bet the perfume is divine.