So many of the good, old yards have at least one large stand of lilacs.
Even when they are not in bloom, the shape and texture of the bark of lilacs evokes familiarity and calm, especially next to lichen covered stones. This seems the case with so many heirloom trees, shrubs, and flowers.
But the blooms themselves, around for just weeks a year, add so much. The shots of color mark the imminent transition to summer. And the fragrance shifts from subtle to strong with the faintest wind.
Planting one’s own requires even more patience. Some wait up to six years for their first blooms. They like sunny, well-drained soil. And they bloom more if you leave them alone.
The lilac is the official state flower of New Hampshire (hardy like its residents they say) and was first imported from England and planted in Portsmouth in 1750.
|Most are a light purple but can also include white, pink, and a darker purple.|
|Un-pruned, lilacs can grow to twenty feet.|
|Apple blossoms are sprinkled everywhere this time of year.|
|Lilacs are ubiquitous - from harbors....|
|....to historic sites....|
|...and on the farms.|