Lilacs – My Spring Passion

For as lpiZap_1560193049979ong as I can remember, lilacs have occupied a special place in my memories and appreciation of spring.

Growing up in the big city, I remember a bank of lilacs that bordered our backyard. There was a treasured swing set that was positioned parallel to the lilacs and to this very day, if I close my eyes, I can still feel myself swinging while smelling that intoxicating fragrance wafting through the warm spring breeze.  

I have long since left childhood behind, but some memories, like those lilacs, remain imbedded in my mind as if I were once again swinging to and fro on that swing. 

IMG_20190610_075651Lilacs are my spring flowering shrub, the one plant that I long to see, long to smell, and the one plant I couldn’t bear not seeing this time of year.

So in honour of this passion, I drove around Parry Sound last weekend, photographing some of the stands of lilacs that pepper the town.

I wish lilacs would bloom all season.



This Is The Time Of Year We Look Forward To — The Art Of Monteque

Jannie Vaught Most of the stone fruit trees are budding and many in flower. The Blue Bonnets are showing with their bright blue sparkles. I didn’t realize how color hungry I had become, then the first flowers and the Bonnets show and I think I’ve been living in black and white. I have 2 subjects […]

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Sure Sign of Spring – Budding Magnolia — The Lantern Room

A pink Magnolia flower bud peeks through its furry casing in time to greet a baby blue sky. I had wondered whether this tree was blossoming early and so looked back at the many Magnolia images I have posted over the years. Although most of those I’ve seen and photographed have been in flower from […]

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Spring is coming… right?

We’ve had so much snow and cold temps lately that I’m wondering if I’ll see greenery or flowers before June.  In an effort to hasten Spring’s much anticipated arrival, I thought a few sentinels of Spring were in order!  The perfume wafting through the livingroom from the hyacinth plant is intoxicating!