June 04, 2011

In the absence of smellavision

Picking up where my last post ended, I wish I could share the fresh scent of the Dwarf Korean Lilac (Syringa meyeri). Since I can't, I'll do the next best thing. Check out this video, and imagine the heady fragrance wafting through the air:

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The common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) was lovely this year, too. We have one at the back of the garden near the woods. But Syringa meyeri blooms a little later here—usually into the first days of June. We have two bushes, both near windows. So the scent carries easily on the mild summer breezes into our home. Yum!

I snapped these photos a couple of days ago. The blooms are fading fast in the heat, but they're still fragrant.



On May 5, my "Hope Grows" entry referenced Lilacs. Next month, I'm looking forward to lots of progress in my small, sunny "kitchen garden."

22 comments:

  1. Wish I could smell them, too! Lovely.

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  2. I can almost smell them! Yours look so full and healthy!

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  3. Actually the smellavison on your camera is working very well; I caught the scent as I was watching. It can't be from my own lilacs, as the window is closed. Perhaps the sight and scent of lilacs are just too entwined to separate.

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  4. I love how these Korean lilacs extend lilac season. Just as it seems those lovely scented flowers are saying goodbye until next year- POW- Korean lilac delivers a punch of fragrance! And these ones are perfect for small spaces.

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  5. Mmmm....mmmm....ahhh....! Perfect! Happy Hope Grows Day to you and your lilacs. :)

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  6. I already miss the smell of the lilacs, 90° last week did them in. But, hey, next year. Surprised you still have them, even the Koreans.

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  7. The smell was clear as day....mine faded fast in the unusual heat we had so it was nice to enjoy yours!!!

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  8. I've often wondered why they call it multimedia when all you can do is see and hear things -- room for improvement for sure...

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  9. @Holley: I wish they lasted longer. Truly one of the sweetest scents of summer!

    @Sage: I pruned them last year after neglecting them for a couple of years. So they seem happy now. ;)

    @NS: Yes, I agree. If you've ever experienced Lilacs, just seeing them brings back the sweet memories of the scent!

    @Kate: Yes, yes, yes! And the great thing is, those small spaces can be foundation plantings near windows. So, the scent is with you all through the day.

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  10. @Hanni: Thanks for hosting the meme! It's a fun one!

    @Donna: We haven't had 90s yet--lots of high 80s, though. And in the time since I posted yesterday, they're just about done. :(

    @Donna: It's sad when favorite blossoms are done for the season. Thank goodness we have others to look forward to!

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  11. Nothing like a video clip of flowers swaying in the breeze to make it come alive! Just lovely, Beth.
    Rosie

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  12. This makes me so excited about the 'Miss Kim' lilac that I purchased on an impulse at our farmer's market plant sale this year. I think it's one of the few that does okay in our hot weather.

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  13. Blotanical has worked its magic again, I have found another great blog. I can smell your lilac because I had beautiful lilac in my front garden (over now sadly) but its fragrance whafted down the road it was wonderful - check out my post http://wp.me/p1jkAI-mP

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  14. @Rosie: I'm happy to send some virtual Lilacs your way. Cheers!

    @Eliza: I'm sure you'll love it! And the Korean Lilacs must tolerate heat well, because they held their blooms through about a week of 80-plus temps here. Enjoy!

    @Ronnie: Isn't the scent magical?! Thanks for your kind words. I'm heading over to your blog now!

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  15. I'm also having lilac withdrawal.... we have some late bloomers coming into bloom now, but they aren't anywhere close to fragrant the way the early varieties are. We simply have to bottle the fragrance!

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  16. Mmmm, love that fragrance. I wish I had them in my garden. My lilacs are not that great and hardly produce blooms anymore. I started pruning them back but it may take awhile to reap the rewards. There are some great lilacs in our neighborhood that smell absolutely divine when we walk by them. I can hardly think of a scent more heady.

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  17. I wish lilacs grew in the south - they hate the heat. Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful they are ...

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  18. Yesterday and today have been unbelievably hot and humid. Most unusual for the shore of Lake Michigan. Since it is way to hot to work in the Gardens at Waters East, it is a good time to catch up on your Blog and other Blogs I am following. Maybe after these days the lilacs here will start blooming. I still only have buds for the leaves! I have a dwarf Miss KIm which started blooming last year, and this year I have a yellow "Primrose" that hopefully will bloom. They do fill the garden with wonderful smells. Jack

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  19. aloha,

    i loved seeing/hearing your video and seeing the lilacs,and yes i can almost smell them as well...sooooo sweetly scented :)

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    1. Hi Noel: Thanks for stopping by. I am so looking forward to Lilacs this year again!

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  20. OMG...is there anything better than the smell of Lilacs...like spring personified!

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    1. Yes, the natural scent of Lilacs is the best! It's interesting that comments are coming up on this post now. Folks must be thinking ahead about shrubs to plant. Mmmm, I can smell the Lilacs now!

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