Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lilac Tide

There is no more emblematic flower to me than the Lilac ; it has an association of old homes, of home-making and home interests.

On the country farm, in the village garden, and in the city yard, the lilac was planted wherever the home was made, and it attached itself with deepest roots, lingering some-times most sadly but sturdily, to show where the home once stood.


Lilacs are tough, willing to multiply, uncomplaining through snow and ice, and, best, they equal spring.
In Victorian poetry, spring itself was known as Lilac Tide.

" How fair it stood, with purple tassels hung,
Their hue more tender than the tint of Tyre ;
How musical amid their fragrance rung
The bee's bassoon, keynote of spring's glad choir !
O languorous Lilac ! still in time's despite
I see thy plumy branches all alight
With new-born butterflies which loved to stay
And bask and banquet in the temperate ray
Of springtime, ere the torrid heats should be :
For these dear memories, though the world grow gray,
I sing thy sweetness, lovely Lilac tree ! "

~ Elizabeth Akers

24 comments:

DJan said...

Our lilacs are nowhere near blooming, so it's so lovely to see yours appearing in such profusion!

Kimberly said...

I've been told our home has lilacs. Looking forward to seeing them someday. Hope it's soon. There are a lot of bushes that barely have leaves yet. But I'm holding on to the dreams of lilacs as I've always wanted them! Until they appear I'll just enjoy my daffodils, tulips, violets, and the mysterious blue and white flowers I can't identify yet.

Clipped Wings said...

Simply lovely. When I lived in Colorado Springs the house we rented had a huge lavender lilac in the front yard. It must have been there forever, as it was more than 9 feet wide. It made each spring so wonderful.

Julie Harward said...

Lovely poem..and I love them too and I am sure I can smell them! ;D

matron said...

I had forgotten about the Lilac,we do not have it here.My mother always had Lilac bushes in her garden in England,the photo brought the memory back and the poem describes it beautifully. Thank you.

Rebecca said...

You're right! At least for me, my earliest memories of lilacs included old homes, home-making and home interests!

Unsurpassed in the sense of scent and sight (at least for me), the lilac wordlessly speaks of everything sweet and gentle, lovely and fair.

Kate said...

Wow I have fallen in love with the beautiful Lilac flowers!
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Winifred said...

Our lilac is just blooming now. I love the smell and so do the butterflies. Our garden soil is so awful, hard clay and plants find it difficult to grow.The lilac thrived and it's a lovely reminder of my Dad who gave me the little cutting about 25 years ago when we moved house.

Thanks for the memories Jo!

Country Gal said...

I love Lilac bushes. I have some at the back of the peoperty as a fence line, still young but growing strong. Lovely post and photo. Have a great day !

Barbara Anne said...

Lovely lilacs! Ours have finished blooming but they were wonderful and so fragrant while they lasted.

Hugs!

Betsy said...

Oh, those are lovely! Mine is blooming, too!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Jo,
Your lilacs are BEAUTIFUL! There's nothing like a lilac to conjure up memories of home and Grandparents for me. Ours are sadly done early this year and they didn't last long at all...I guess the drought and late frost took their toll. Maybe next year will be better. Have a wonderful week!
Maura :)

Doc said...

Lilacs are my wife’s favorite flower, she had them everywhere at our wedding and it was the first shrub to be planted when we purchased our home.

Mama-Bug said...

So beautiful Jo! They just don't grow too well down here in Florida.

Sandra said...

absolutely gorgeous. this is one plant that does not grow in FL and i have never seen one.

Deb said...

Ours are still buds and I look forward to their beauty.

kathrin said...

oh we have the same one and I love it, wish you a great time ! big hugh Kathrin

Carol said...

I grew up near Winnipeg and my parents had a lilac hedge for many years. I absolutely love lilacs. Living in Knoxville, we're trying to grow some. We've had a couple of bushes now for a few years and hope they continue. We did have some flowers last year and a few this year. Never enough and never long enough!
There's nothing like the smell of a beautiful sprig of lilacs!!!

Clare said...

The lilac if my favourite flower hence my blog name The Lilac Grove. (Although I am pretty sure that there are no Lilac Groves)

Ginny said...

Ours tarted blooming on Saturday, love the smell. Though my husband noticed today someone taking their pick without asking!! He is annoyed, so am I. If they would ask we would give them shears (we have three bushes). Breaking the flowers off is NOT helping the bushes. Okay enough venting!! Thanks for posting about lilacs.

Jeri Landers said...

Lilacs bring such pleasant memories of my childhood. It is that (and the scent, of course)that caused me to plant 5 bushes a few years back, they are blooming as I type this... so sweet!

Diane said...

Your blog is delightful. I'm so glad I came across it. Greetings from Canada.

Jill of All Trades said...

Love this. Lilacs are my favortite. We had to relocate the only one we had during the construction and happily I report it survived, at least this season.

Rush'd Lady said...

Yes, please do! Love tea! I see we are kindred spirits -- love the gardens, esp. your lilacs. Mine just finished up blooming. I still have some tulips blooming and the dollar seed are going to town!!! My sis lives east of Knoxville and I also see you love poetry. :)