May 18th, 2012
Viewing the Lilac
Posted by F&S
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There are so many things that smell really good in the garden at this time of year, in particular, lilac. Martha has a row of amazing standard lilac trees that grow along the drive and their fragrance wafts through the air. She also has a long allee of mixed lilac, which are always amazing to see and smell.
1 Francesca! Do you smell that beautiful fragrance?
2 It's coming from the standard lilac trees blooming near the apple espalier!
3 Francesca, did you know that lilacs, or syringa, are part of the olive family? The name comes from the Greek word, syrinx, meaning hollow pipe or tube, and refers to the shape of the flowers. Let's drive to the long lilac allee.
4 Here we are, Sharkey.
5 Wow! The lilac allee is bursting with fragrant blossoms!
6 Like many pretty spring flowers, the lilac has a short season. They start blooming in the early spring and typically last throughout May. Except, this year everything is so early!
7 The colors of lilacs are often pale shades of blue or lavender, but can also include white, pink, and rich purples. Flowers can be single or double.
8 Their beautiful aroma is definitely an indication that spring is here, wouldn't you say, Sharkey?
9 Their fragrance also helps attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
10 The wood of the lilac plant is very hard and is often used for musical instruments and knife handles.
11 Sharkey, I'm so glad we get to enjoy so many beautiful flowers that grow at the farm.
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