One of the things I miss the most living in an apartment in the city, is the scent of Lilacs floating on the breeze. The smell of lilacs, for me, brings back memories of my childhood with days spent at grandma’s house where she had a string of lilac bushes bordering her yard. My sister, my cousins, and I used to have a ball playing hide and seek, and tag around those bushes. And in the spring when they were blooming, all you could smell was the sweet scent of lilacs when you came out grandma’s front door. I think that’s why to this day they evoke such a strong response for me.
My family lived in a small village when I was growing up, and the school was a 10 minute walk from our home. I remember there were several large lilac bushes growing along the sidewalks going to and from the school and in the spring as I walked home, I would stop to admire them and sometimes pick a few to take home with me.
Years later when my (now ex) husband and I bought our first home, the back yard was just a big rectangle of grass except for a snowball bush, and a dead rosebush, scattered in odd places in the yard.
One of the first things I remember doing that summer, after we were settled in, was to go out and buy some lilac bushes to plant at the end of the yard. I could hardly wait to see them grow and I remember being so excited to see the first blossoms on those bushes!
I went on to plant quite a few other plants over the few years I lived there; tulips, daffodils, bleeding hearts, peonies, butterfly bushes…but my favourite flowers were always the lilacs. I left that house (and my husband) almost 9 years ago and I often wonder if those bushes are still there in the yard.
I live in an apartment now, so there are no lilacs or flowers of any sort in my yard, instead I have a patio that I rarely use. So every year I try to take a drive to search out a place where they are abundant, and where I can take a walk down memory lane.
Do you have a favourite flower and a story behind why you love it? I would love to hear it.