Tuesday, May 27, 2008

scratch and sniff, ya'll

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this is the lilac created in about 1895 by the gentleman who built my church home. lovely flowers and lovely scent. any lilac experts out there? the leaves are smaller and more delicate than what i consider typical lilac leaves, and they have a gorgeous purple blush. i've never seen this kind of lilac leaf before. anybody else? i've been told these are the only lilacs of this kind in existence, but that could have been wishful thinking. makes a good story anyway.

11 comments:

Sandra Ruttan said...

They're beautiful. I've seen them before, in Canada.

Nice to see you Anne.

Heather Harper said...

They are lovely. WTG, Churchlady!

anne frasier said...

hi sandra! now i'm going to stick my fingers in my ears and pretend you didn't say that about the lilacs. :D

smooches, heather! i hope your neck is better. (saw your tweet!)

Bill Cameron said...

They are lovely. Much prettier than what one normally thinks of as a lilac color, if you ask me. Not that anyone did. ;)

Sandra Ruttan said...

well Anne, it was probably some distant cousin/hybrid I saw. So yours are true originals.

cinderelly said...

they DO look great, the leaves are very pretty! i have one by the front door, and it smelled terrific when we came into the house, but now the blooms are finished.

Jeff said...

I only know two things about lilacs.
1. They're beautiful in bloom.
2. They smell wonderful.
Great photo, Anne.

Kelly Parra said...

They are definitely pretty!

anne frasier said...

hmm. my cat is sleeping on my mouse. i couldn't figure out what was going on. things were going crazy. :D the lilac leaves look like they've been shaded with the edge of a colored pencil. i love that. and the smell. i don't know how something can be so cloying, yet so tantalizing.

these are right by my front door, too! and all the trees -- crab apple and apple are in full bloom. other stuff i don't even recognize. blooming vines and more blooming trees. got some peonies too! and hosta. i first saw this place in late fall, so i had no idea it had so many nice plantings. it's crazy. and the frogs. my god, the frogs. it's deafening. it's this giant wall of noise. not the rise and fall of sound that goes with a small pond. i think there are too many for that. :D

pattinase (abbott) said...

Anne-I know you're trying to stay off here but would you be willing to do a "forgotten book" for me next Friday or the one after. If you don't know what I mean, check out http://pattinase.blogspot.com
If you're too busy or its not your thing, I well understand. Patti

anne said...

patti, thanks for the invitation. i'm thinking about it!