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Dear Clara, I don't respond often, but I love your posts and thank you for them.

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We had a magnificent thunder and rainstorm about 20 minutes ago. Now the flowers are brilliant and you can smell the lilacs everywhere in our cul-de-sac. Our yellow and purple irises are in full bloom, too! I'm in Utah.

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My oldest was born on the 20th of May and the smell of lilacs always reminds me of bringing him home from the hospital on a rainy spring day, and just holding him gazing while the scent of lilacs and the sound of the rain came through the open window.

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How wonderful! Our neighbors had Lilacs when I was young. They were magnificent. You’d think it would have occurred to me as an adult to plant and nurture some. Apparently not…. I’ll have to look into it.

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Yes! This time of year I often make a day trip to Burlington in southwestern Ontario to see the lilacs at the RBG, Royal Botanical Gardens, growing on a succession of hills bathed in sunshine. I just checked, and read that “RBG has one of the world's most diverse lilac collections, with 534 individual lilacs representing 384 unique types.” It’s a colour and scent extravaganza! The tulips, and later, the lilies and roses are also just so satisfying to see in their beautiful settings.

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I live in the Lilac Village of Lombard IL - we have a month long celebration of all things Lilacs, including a Parade. A must smell event to add to any one's bucket list :-)

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

The same thing happens with the lily of the valley. They pop open, and fill the air with their fragrance. The patch here started from my grandmother's patch in DE, traveled and made a patch where I grew up in OH. Some of those moved with us to Maine 40 years ago at camp. Where we first planted them, the trees grew over and shaded them out. So on their own, they moved to the other side of the house, and are now naturalizing all over. I hear they really are an invasive plant, but oh how lovely this time of year!

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We must have had poor weather patterns because my lilacs barely bloomed and now are all gone. :( So sad.

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

My lilacs are blooming too and the fragrance is intoxicating. I have loved them my whole life! Thanks for sharing yours!

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

Enjoy the lilacs Clara. I have two french lilacs that are blooming right now.😌💖

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

Glorious❣️I think the fragrance comes through the picture! Yum❣️

Summers at my aunt and uncle’s ranch began with that fragrance wafting through my bedroom window in the evenings. Every year at lilac-time I pine for the whole experience... long, long time ago.

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

We are so blessed to have lilacs AND lilies of the valley! Open windows are the best..

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

Oh, the magic of lilacs! I’ve been visiting Wisconsin this past week, and lilac blooms seem to be everywhere! It’s amazing. What a joy to experience. Enjoy your spring, “open windows” ritual!

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

Ohhhhhhh! Maybe I should lengthen my trip....

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

Sadly, no lilacs in southern CA. But my freesias continue to bloom along my front walk, so anyone coming in is treated to an olfactory (and visual) feast.

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May 23Liked by Clara Parkes

So very true! At our house we no longer have many old-fashioned lilacs, but we do have a super-abundance of honeysuckle and Locust tress. Scents are different—effect is identical! Isn’t this just the most delightful phenomenon?

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