Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There's Something about Lilacs ...

We have had crazy weather this year.  Spring was very wet - wetter than usual.  The river was high and flooded in some areas. 

As a result of the heavy rains, flowers and plants in the garden seemed to be a month behind their usual blooming or sprouting schedule.

Behind our house, lilac bushes line the irrigation ditch. They, too, were late bloomers, just opening up the first weeks of June.

The second week of June the lilacs peaked in their glory. And they were worth the wait. They were pleasantly fragrant and the purple hues were most intense, especially  in the light of the setting sun.

My elderly mother-in-law, also, anticipated the blooming of the lilacs after a rainy season.

Second Saturday in June, we picked mother up at her residence for many errands. Across the street from her in an alley was a luscious clump of lilac bushes. From her place in the front car seat, I was able to pull down the branches so she could touch the bouquet of purple lilacs, see them up close, and smell them without plucking them from the bush. They were wonderful and lifted her spirits.

As made our way home that afternoon, I saw a sign for a wedding in a our neighborhood. It was June. It was Saturday. Very popular time for weddings.

Then we saw an unfamiliar SUV was parked near our driveway. Some unexpected visitors?

Behind our house by the long row of blossoming lilacs was the newlywed couple - the groom in his three-piece suit, the bride in a lovely long white dress. The photographer was busily snapping pictures of the newlyweds in front of our gorgeous lilac greenery and blossoms of various purple shades and white blooms.

We waved and wished them well. They had been celebrating their wedding just up the block from us when the lilacs behind our house got their attention. And the photographer immortalized this great event in their lives with the backdrop of these late bloomers.

Whether newlywed or in your nineties ...

There's something about lilacs.

Can't you just smell them?

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

Photo from Wiki commons: Lilacs

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