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My backyard in the spring is beautiful. I wish the lilacs were in bloom for longer. It seems we have them for only a few short weeks.

Sometimes when I am writing and need inspiration, I go in the backyard and smell these flowers. There is nothing quite like the scent of rain-washed lilacs.

Did you know?

  • The lilac is a large deciduous shrub or small tree and it can grow to over 20 feet in height.
  • Many lilacs “sucker”, that is, they make shoots and spread and can even form a thicket—a good privacy barrier.
  • Some lilacs have been bred to not spread, but they lose their scent. Let them sucker! Enjoy the smell!
  • The lilac is in the olive family and is native to the Balkan Peninsula.
  • Now lilacs thrive in other parts of Europe as well as North America.
  • Lilacs were introduced to America in the eighteenth century.
  • A special Canadian variety was created that blooms later, thereby protecting the buds from possible late frosts in spring.
  • The scientific name for the common lilac is syringa vulgaris.
  • The first recorded use of lilac as an English color name was in 1775.

Are there lilacs in your backyard? Do you love the scent of lilacs in the rain?