Friday, April 20, 2012

The Lilacs are Already in Bloom!

When my kids were very young, my husband would take them outside on Mother's Day and have them pick some lilacs for me, because that's when the lilacs always bloomed. During the last few years, however, the lilacs have appeared a couple of weeks earlier than usual, and this year they're a full month early. We're also seeing a record number of red admiral butterflies in the Chicago area. My neighbor took these photos of a red admiral on our lilacs. (I wish I could bottle the scent and send some to you).



Thank you, Ann!

4 comments:

Mary Preston said...

They are beautiful!!

Laney4 said...

It broke my heart when we had to cut down our lilac tree in order to widen the top of our driveway a few years ago (and a flowering crabapple tree at the base of our driveway, but there was hardly anything left of it when we took it down). The smell is/was so beautiful. Methinks we should get another, but I haven't figured out where to put it yet.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed them. Lilac season is one of the most wonderful times of the year around here.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, I feel your pain (love both lilacs and crabapple trees). Perhaps a dwarf lilac if you don't have room for a full-size one? I can't testify to how well they do. We planted one a couple of years ago, but it was pretty puny when we planted it, so it's still establishing itself.