Wow, what a week for gardeners in my part of the world! Today’s vase of cut flowers could be filled with so many beautiful blooms – temperatures have been high and the sun has shone and popping out now are lupins, Iris, Alliums and Camassia. The star of the show; however, in gardens and along country roads everywhere in southern Ontario, are lilacs – Syringa vulgaris. My neighbour invited me to snip as many stems as I wanted from the decades old shrubs that tower around her farm house so off I went yesterday, returning with a bucketful.
I took some of these photos yesterday in the early evening with the wide bottom jar resting in the woodpile and a few this morning. The flowers stayed on the porch overnight, where temperatures cooled to eight degrees and the fragrance wouldn;t suffocate us in our sleep.
I had to snip off a few sprigs of blooms, so stuck them in my ikebana vase, adding to them a few sprigs from my own lilacs, two cultivars with beautiful colour and fragrance.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs.