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!
Just like ‘First Light’ on new telescopes, except that this is for our new wildlife pond. So, drum roll please, as the first drops of water start to fill the pond:
Last autumn we got rid of the 6m hexagonal above ground pool that we built for the kids some ten years ago and while we watched the builders break the 12-inch (excessive I know) concrete base up, we decided to go deeper. We asked them to use the digger to scrape out the clay base to a metre, so that we could make a pond.
Now I know that this post is jumping the gun a little, because said pond is not even close to being finished, but after months of digging the hole, watching the hole fill with winter rains, pumping out collected water, building a summerhouse, building a retaining wall for some anticipated decking in front of summerhouse, we finally got to the fun part of making the pond and I couldn’t resist sharing.
Today we put in the liner and right now the water is pouring in.
Now, imagine: Chairs on the decking (to the right), summerhouse doors flung wide open, waterlilies floating on the surface, marginals decorating the edges and the pond just buzzing with wildlife.
Ah, dreams …
Are you planning anything exciting for your garden?