Beauty Of The Bloom With Intoxicating Scent: The “Lilac”

The Glory Of The Lilac
The Glory Of The Lilac

The fragrant bliss of heavenly intoxication. The Lilac. The infusion of the lilac’s wafting scent is entrancing. In the Springtime the scent that lingers within the great outdoors is seasonal bliss, for certain. Oh, to appreciate the bounty of the bloom that arrives in Spring. A scent that can permeate our inner world with clusters of delicate blooms gathered within the interior. Delightful. Widely cultivated for the fragrance and beauty of their clusters of flowers, lilac flowers are found with a range of colors that include pale lilac, rich lilac and deep lilac. And yes, even the profusion of white blooms are divine. But, oh, the allure of the purple lilac…

The lilac is a shrub of the genus Syringa. A deciduous shrub with foliage of broad, light green to oval glaucous leaves that provide a lush, the green screen remains appealing even after the profusion of lilac blooms fade. Often pruned or trained, with dedication, into a graceful, small tree, the options are varied as to its broad enhancement in ones landscape. Natives of Europe and Asia, the Syringa vulgaris, known as the “common lilac”, and S. Persica, the Persian lilac, were introduced from Ottoman gardens into European gardens at the end of the 16th century. Botanists soon acquired these rare and glorious shrubs for their gardens. In fact, in 1597, the well regarded herbalist, John Gerard, noted that he had lilacs “in very great plenty”. It was not until the 18th century that the American colonies were introduced to the beauty of the lilac. An enduring love affair has certainly continued. Of additional interest, the first recorded use of “lilac” as a color name in English was in 1775 and the first recorded use of “French Lilac” in English was in 1814. The violet hue of French Lilac is said to have been formulated for use in interior design when a medium dark violet color was desired. Who knew?

Considered an “old-fashioned” bloom, the “common lilac” is said to flower profusely in alternate years. The attractive, sweet smelling flowers that appear in late Spring and early Summer feature delicate clusters known as “Panicles”. Paired with intoxicating fragrance, the lilac holds an added benefit beyond its stunning blooms– the attraction of hummingbirds and butterflies…nature’s glory, indeed.

Profusion Of Intoxicating Blooms:  Lilacs
Profusion Of Intoxicating Blooms: Lilacs
Lilac Infusion:  Fragrance & Beauty
Lilac Infusion: Fragrance & Beauty

Consider the glorious lilac. With branches that are bowed under the weight of the seemingly dripping profusions of endless clusters of fragrant flowers, its graceful bliss is certainly to be appreciated.

No matter if the hue is pale or deep violet, the intoxicating scent of this highly fragrant bloom is a blissful gift of nature, indeed…

Kristin

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