This won’t be the first post I’ve done about how much I like lilacs – a previous one is here – but this past long weekend the lilacs in the central Hastings County area were, I think, at their absolute prime, and they were just so beautiful. Now, I fully realize that many other places also have lilacs; certainly you see them (and smell their beautiful scent) in residential districts right in the heart of Montreal. And from May 25 to June 2 this year the village of Warkworth in neighbouring Northumberland County – a very pretty place, full of interesting shops and lots of artistically minded people – will be holding whole festival about lilacs; details here.
But there are lilacs in profusion in the Queensbrough area. It’s like the long-ago settlers there took a special liking to lilacs. Or perhaps the lilacs took a special liking to the area; perhaps they do well despite the thin, rocky soil that characterizes the area. Raymond and I drove past so many places that had a gorgeous mix of light, dark and sometimes white blooms; sometimes their beauty just takes one’s breath away. The photo at the top of this post is of a lovely display at Hazzard’s Corners, but one could see them all over the place.
All of which reminds me once again that we must get a lilac bush for the Manse, to replace the one that flourished there when I was a kid and that is now, sadly, long gone.
Should we go for dark purple, light mauve, or white? Perhaps a mix of all three?