I’m grateful this time of year for lilacs, for their various colors, their feeding of bees, their intoxicating scent. Some years I can smell them from the other side of the house in late afternoon. Not this year, tough, their blooms are sparse. Maybe the buds froze in the last frost, or maybe the pre-buds were damaged by The Big Freeze last fall, the one that killed the almond tree, and it looks like the peach tree may not make it, either. Grateful that the lilacs survived! I make a point to walk that side of the house several times a day even when I don’t need to, just so I can stop and inhale deeply of the flowers: my head tingles from the inside, like a jump into Suzi’s pond invigorates the skin. I feel cleansed breathing lilac air.
I love lilacs. Unfortunately they do not grow in Florida.. Cannot remember when I last saw or smelled them. Your picture brought back memories and I can almost smell them looking at your phoro.
Wonderful! You might also enjoy this post from last summer, https://dukkaqueen.com/2020/06/16/lifegiving-lilacs/ . Wish I could send you some, but you know how fragile they are. And there’s no real lilac essential oil, either, just synthetic which doesn’t cut the lilacs.