I grew up on a street in Detroit that was dotted with lilac bushes. When spring sprung white, purple, and pink lilacs burst through and scented the air with their sweet fragrance. To this day lilacs are still a favorite of mine, and often a reminder of my mom, now passed away.
We moved into our new home the last weekend of September. With an acre ourselves, and hundreds of acres in back of us, one of our favorite things is the discovery of new blooms. On Easter morning a small magnolia tree showed off its pink flowers. Hidden behind a pine tree we hadn’t even noticed it. And as April showers bring May flowers, the lilacs are beginning to posture and the hint of lilacs waft around the yard with heaven scents of yesteryear and promises of what’s ahead.
It’s no wonder that in Victorian times widows often wore lilacs as a reminder of their lost love. And although all shades of lilac are beautiful, it is the dark purple shade that reflect spirituality and hints that the wearer is privy to the mysteries. Lilacs only bloom for about two weeks, which suggests that all beautiful things must come to an end, whether love or life. They remind us, though, that there will always be renewal if you can stay patient. Instead of mourn, keep the memory and create new ones.
I talk more about experiences with smelling lilacs from heaven in my newest book Messages from a Wonderful Afterlife, now available for presale.
To learn how to properly cut lilacs so that they last longer see here.