Lilacs can survive hundreds of years. The oldest living lilac in the United States is said to have been planted in 1750. There are more than 20 species and 1,000 cultivars of lilacs and all bloom at a different time so you can really extend the lilac bloom time well into summer. I plant a few every year and this year I planted two lilacs that re-bloom in summer. I purchased them from Michigan Bulb Company. As little as they were (only 7 inches tall) one of the plants arrived with little blooms on it.
In Kate Greenaway’s book “The Language of Flowers” she explains that in the Victorian Era they used flowers to express their feelings. The meaning of a purple lilac is “First Emotions of Love” and white lilac is “Youthful Innocence”.
My husband built me this cabinets under my kitchen windows, they are actually kitchen wall cabinets that he mounted on the floor under all four windows, they make a nice place for plants and seasonal decorations.
This cute little bear is made from a lilac print fabric. I bought it years ago and it's still one of my favorites.
These pretty little crochet lavender glass cozies I purchased on my last trip to NJ, I found some really nice antique malls that I go to on every visit. I always come out with some real treasures.
Some of the other jadeite on this cupboard I picked up on the same trip.
While I was in my purple mood, I pulled out this little Victorian cross stitch that I had done years ago and made it into a tote bag.
This pretty vintage crochet basket I picked up in the same antique store that I got the glass cozies at. I guess I was in a purple mood that day!
Of couse I had to have some bling so I used a vintage button with a little bling glued on top of it.
I love this print that I used on the inside, I have some left over that I thought would make some really pretty yoyo's for a quilt I'm working on.
My wisteria did not do to good this year because of a late frost but I did get a few blooms from it. This is the first time I’ve brought a bloom in the house, the scent was heavenly!
The next four pics are all my little clippings that I pulled out of magazines on lilacs, I have a folder full of them. They are nice to look back on when I'm in my purple lilac mood! If you enlarge these you can get a better look at some of the pretty clippings.