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April 11, 2017

Flashback : Lilac Season | Mr. Darcy Stopping to Smell the Flowers | Lilacs in Concord, Ma.

I'm revisiting this post today from 2012... and adding to it a bit : )

There was a time about 20 years ago when I wrote this post (kidding, only seems like that long ago) that I had what seemed to be all the time in the world to wonder around with Mr. Darcy and observe.  I was pregnant with Emma and I would go on long walks that lasted hours, all through town to watch the changing seasons.  When we were living in Concord, Mass. I was awed by the abundance of lilacs everywhere all over that old fashioned town.  This walkway/front hedge was one of my favorites.

Yesterday, Emma and I visited small hidden patch of Lilac bushes in the woods near our house that I had discovered years ago.  I hadn't been there since Mike and I moved into this neighborhood (the first time) 7 years ago.  We clipped an armful and stuck our noses in  them the entire walk home.  

When I bought this Watering Pitcher for the store, I knew it would be perfect for big, wild bunches of lilacs... and peonies, and hydrangea.

They make this entire room smell so good.

I also found some Mrs. Meyers Lilac dish soap, counter spray and hand soaps at target... and bought several of each : )

I wish lilac season lasted longer, but so glad it is around for a late Easter this year.

Today, on our morning walk, Mr. Darcy and I decided to stop and smell the flowers.  He was attracted to the pansies and pussy willows at the Mainstreet Cafe, while I was drawn to the lilacs.  I've been meaning to photograph the lilacs for a week or so, but the weather hasn't been cooperating.  With rain in the forcast for the next five days, I decided to just go for it.  

Concord, being an old town settled in the 1635, has many old neighborhood streets and homes that remain from the Colonial and Victorian era.  Lilacs were especially popular in the Victorian era and were a staple in landscape and garden design.  In today's landscapes,  they seem to have lost their popularity, unfortunately.   

Look at this glorious hedge - I can't imagine how old it must be.

In the past, gardens were more seasonal than they are today - groves of cherry trees, hedges of lilac berries, and cutting gardens full of tulips and peonies.  Now, landscapes are designed to be 'maintenance free' and look good all year long.  While this might seem smart in our busy lives, I think everyone is missing out on enjoying the short blooming times of each seasonal flower.

This light pink lilac is so sweet peaking through the picket fence. 

These full lilac blooms are from our very own bush.

Our old house was full of seasonal flowers - beginning with daffodils, hyacinth, tulips, pear and dogwood trees, magnolia, lilacs, peonies and ending the season with hydrangea.  I loved it.  In our new house, the landscaping was completely overgrown, so everything was torn out and started from scratch (except an old flagstone patio we discovered - a great surprise).  I miss having the surprises of what each week might bring, but it has been fun to select exactly what we want.

Now that's an entrance.

More peaking lilacs.

A magenta color lilac.

And snow white with a tiny yellow center.

I think that bloom is 10 inches long.

I couldn't help myself from photographing the lily of the valley, they are everywhere and smell so sweet.  You may remember them from Kate's bouquet at the Royal Wedding.  Classic.

Wisteria winding itself on another picket fence.

Mr. Darcy yawning - long walk.  Life is hard...


  1. Oh beautiful! What kind of a lilac bush is this? I'm wanting to plant one of these lovlies for my own.

  2. & your Mr. Darcy is adorable....

  3. A-MAZING! I am utterly and quite completely entranced by your blog, and that's based on one page alone! Lord knows whether I will be able to remain standing once I have begun to explore further - beautiful photography, beautiful writing, beautiful design... SO glad that I found you - looking forward to becoming an AVID follower.
    Paula x

  4. Jenny, I'm so glad you reposted this as I'm a new follower and would have missed it! Some of my best photos have been taken in the rain. The light is amazing, if we look past the perceived grayness of the day to see it. Your photos are gorgeous. I'm looking forward to the lilacs blooming in my neck of the woods. Actually a white one, which I often walk by, started blooming. I'm sure the passersby have wondered about the crazy lady with her nose in the blooms. But, I don't care, think that God is blessed when we savor the beauty of his creation. We've recently moved to an older town and I love seeing all spring come alive with all the blossoms.
    Thanks again!

  5. Hi Jenny,
    I'm so happy that Party Resources introduced me to your site. I have been perusing some of your posts and have subscribed to the newsletter, is that the same as subscribing to new posts? Anyway, I like your style and already feel inspired by so many of your ideas and recipes.
    I look forward to following you on Everyday Occasions.

  6. I can almost smell them! And I have never seen such a lovely variety of color - here, farther south, we are lucky to see a lavender shade here and there. Wishing I could just sit up there by a lilac bush and inhale...

  7. I couldn't agree more! I love the timeless colorful blooms each new season brings. These lilacs are lovely. We are in the process of remodeling our new home. Luckily our yard is filled with several flowering trees & shrubs, I love the classic touch that it adds to the landscape of our 1880s restoration. I can not wait to add many more classic touches to our landscape. Great inspiration. Carrie


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