The grim, gray days are over and Spring has finally sprung. Who needs fifty shades of gray when the colorfu sights of Spring are all around us? I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.
Lilacs have been plentiful and vibrant this year. We’ve had just the right amount of cool mornings balanced with moisture and sunshine. We have four shades of lilacs at the farm and they are all beautiful, but the fuchsia (above) is definitely my favorite. They are old bushes, in place when we bought the property 15 years ago. Each year, the bees and I eagerly await their blooms. A sure sign of Spring!
White lilacs retain the same heady aroma as their colorful cousins but they are more delicate and the first to be damaged with brisk winds or heavy rain.
Caught in the bud to bloom stage, a lovely contrast.
A pink tinged lavender is beautiful as well. They all smell divine and I have determined to retain the essence of lilac by making jelly this year. Yes, lilac is edible. So stay tuned for my lilac jelly experiment coming soon!
FYI, lilac blooms rinsed and coated with superfine sugar make a beautiful cake topping and they taste good too!
FUN FACTS about LILACS
I don’t know about you but a hint of lilac in the morning air always makes be smile. So, take a deep breath and start your day with the heady sights and scents of lovely lilac!