the lilac thief

Thursday, May 27, 2010




all three shades of lilac blossoms gathered early this morning by random acts of pruning

With Missy D, my always willing and most excellent accomplice & assistant extraordinaire, my pruning clips stuffed into the zippered pockets of my hooded, basic black, fleece lined wind breaker (along with compostable black poop bags, a handful of dog biscuits and several must have, favourite 3-ply avec lotion tissues - from the Superstore) I did some lilac gathering this early morning. I've been planning this event, my annual random acts of lilac pruning, for a few days now. I've been waiting for the blossoms to be just right. Each season it seems I must acquire a gigantic bouquet of lilacs and I must have all three shades in that one big bouquet.

We have one, sad, very overgrown and too shaded pale purple lilac here within the terracotta gardens - all it's blossoms are up very high, desperately reaching for some sunlight and far too high for me to clip and prune. Hence the lilac thievery. In my defense only the beautiful dark lavender colour came from a private residence, the white and pale lavender are on land that lilac thieves would consider to be practically public. Wink. I'm enamoured not only their incredible beauty but also oh my ... the scent of lilacs.

Lilac polaroids to come.





13 comments:

judy in ky said...

Sigh... just beautiful.

rachel said...

I do love an armful of lilac to bring home. But a friend was horrified when she first saw them in my house - in her family, they are considered unlucky to bring indoors. Stuff and nonsense, say I.

Mary D in Texas said...

Beautiful flowers!

Vickie H. said...

Oh, but they look magnificent!!! I can almost smell their scent from here!!!

BumbleVee said...

wow....love your photos Susan...

thenextarrow said...

these are stunning. seriously, i'm totally entranced.

:)

xo Alison

Rebecca said...

Beautiful...Ours are long gone here but they sure were lovely this year.

Martha said...

LILACS, ROSES, APPLE BLOSSOMS, WILD WOODLAND PHLOX, HYDRANGEAS, PEONIES, LITTLE SPRING VIOLETS.... AS EDNA SAINT VINCENT MILLAY SAID, "OH WORLD, I CANNOT GET THEE CLOSE ENOUGH
........!"

Martha said...

correction: "I cannot HOLD thee close enough."

maggie's garden said...

I can almost smell their lovely fragrance! Awesome photos...and I like the combination of all three colors.

Mary Lou said...

Beautiful..The next to last photo should be framed. It looks like an oil painting.

Benny and Lily said...

Beautiful lilacs
benny & Lily

Pam said...

I love all your photographs Susan, but I agree that second to last one is stunning. I am enamoured of simplicity lately, in all it's forms, and that beautiful photo makes such a statement.