In a Vase on Monday – Lilac: A symbol of passion and love


Lilacs: They have such a short, but deliciously fragrant flowering season. They make me think of France and village fetes and bunting and trips to quaint tea shops. Did you know that lilacs are part of the olive family, Oleaceae? I only found that out today … And in the language of flowers they represent the first emotions of love (the purple flowers at least, white stands for youthful innocence).

I’ve been enjoying our two lilac trees, a pale purple and a white one for the last week or so. I pass them twice daily, each time I take the dog for a walk and I always stop to sniff the flowers. I picked some today for a vase, because I adore that scent. But it turns out to be one of those things that don’t quite work out as well as you think. You can have too much of a good thing and quite frankly I am moving the vase to our outside table, because I am literally overwhelmed by their perfume and am getting a headache!

So, the vase that is now outside consists of lilac,






of a pink girly kind







and of a dark forbidding kind








with a touch of spirea:










to add to the frothy, effervescent effect.


Now, where are those scones and lemonade and bunting?

This is my contribution to Cathy’s In-a -Vase-on-Monday meme. Check it out!


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12 Responses to In a Vase on Monday – Lilac: A symbol of passion and love

  1. shoreacres says:

    Lilacs and spirea (which we called Bridal Wreath) are two scents I grew up with. Both kinds of flowers surrounded our house. Now, I can remember those scents, but only vaguely. Lilacs don’t grow here, and the spirea is of a different sort (I think). When this season rolls around, I always have lilac envy. I wonder if yours have a scent strong enough to survive the trip to Texas?

  2. Lovely late spring flowers. I think I can smell them from here!

  3. Such a whimsical looking arrangement; truly lovely! Lilacs remind me of Turkey, where for the first time I got to enjoy their amazing scent on the air from several hedgerows in glorious bloom while walking the dogs during a couple spring weeks. Based on that experience I can imagine how powerful they might be indoors 😀

  4. Oh I adore lilacs and aquilegias….mine should be flowering I hope by next week! Your vase reminds me of country garden……lovely!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I adore lilacs and always make a point of burying my nose in any spray I come across. I did so today at a city garden I visited and in maybe another week, mine will be blooming. Looking forward to it!

  6. Cathy says:

    I keep eyeing up some lilac growing over a railway bridge near us but I think it might be over by next week! I didn’t realise just how powerful the fragrance is as it is not something I have ever had in a garden. Both your aquilegias are so pretty – I do so enjoy seeing them despite their prolificacy but now remove the second rate ones before they get too much of a toehold ; Thanks for sharing – and sorry that IAVOM gave you a headache!

  7. pbmgarden says:

    I’m my! That lilac photo is lovely.

  8. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, it does conjure up images of spring festivals and WI cake stands! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it. Love all that froth and the smell too, but I would probably also find it too overpowering indoors.

  9. I love those flowers; really beautiful

  10. The Lilacs are lovely,but I feel the same way about gardenias. Maybe a vase on the porch on Monday.

  11. Christina says:

    There are lots of plants that I like the scent in the garden but hate indoors. A shame you can’t enjoy the vase indoors though as it is lovely.

  12. Chloris says:

    Lilac is so fleeting but it is the smell of May. I love it and it looks lovely with aquilegias.

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