The lilacs are in bloom

I was 26 years old when I smelled my first lilac.  That might sound crazy, but it’s true.  I was in my first year of grad school, and the college had tons of lilac bushes lining the entire campus perimeter.  I vividly remember walking from my car to the library, inhaling deeply because I was smelling something wonderful – and having absolutely no clue what that wonderful thing was.  (When I asked one of my peers if she knew what smelled so good outside, she looked confused, then a bit incredulous, then asked, “Do you mean, the lilacs?”  Apparently yes, I did.)

Lilacs continue to bring me joy every spring.  Each time I smell them in the air, I pause for just a second, inhale, and smile.

Today on my walk, I got my ‘first whiff of the season’ of these bushy purple flowers – from a line of lilac bushes a mere two blocks from our house.  Wonderful.



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19 Responses to The lilacs are in bloom

  1. carlaat says:

    Oh, I’m a little jealous! I miss lilacs! We had lilac bushes in the yard of my childhood home in NJ. Here in NOLA, we have a lot of wonderfully fragrant flowers, but no lilacs. Too warm. Please enjoy, enjoy them! Sniff some for me!


    • Stef says:

      One of the perks of living in a cold climate… (And we don’t get many perks, so I have to enjoy and celebrate all of the ones we do have!) 🙂 I will absolutely inhale extra-deep next time I smell them, just for you.


  2. Bill says:

    I understand! We have three lilac bushes in our yard, and I look forward to their blooming every Spring. They’re my mom’s favorite, and we brought her a bouquet of them on Mother’s Day.


  3. Loved this post! It’s amazing the memories we tie to our sense of smell- it’s one of my favorite things about flowers.


    • Stef says:

      It’s so true – smell can transport me back to a specific time/place/memory instantly, and so much more powerfully than a photograph or a song (and those are pretty strong triggers for me, too). Thanks for commenting!


  4. Lia says:

    I grew up with two lilac bushes in our yard (in the first house we lived in, when I was a child). That smell is intoxicating and always take me back to being a kid. I looooove lilacs!


    • Stef says:

      The smell really is terrific. We don’t have any lilacs on our property, but because there are so many in the neighborhood I can still smell them faintly when I open the windows and the breeze comes in. It’s wonderful. 🙂


  5. Touch2Touch says:

    The scent of lilacs —
    An enchantment.
    Here’s a post (long, fair warning) of mine from way back in September that you — new to lilacs — may enjoy:


  6. Touch2Touch says:

    (Comparatively new, that is. Our acquaintance, lilacs and me, goes back decades and decades.)


    • Stef says:

      Yes, I would agree; I’m still relatively new to lilacs. Though, it’s been almost 10 years since that first day of grad school – wild! Wow, I hadn’t even thought of that until just this second…. kind of crazy…


  7. Love lilacs! My mom had a bush and I looked forward to them blooming each spring. I’ve seen them when we go on rides north of our area, just love that scent 🙂


  8. Stef says:

    I bet smelling lilacs from the back of a bike on the open road would be phenomenal. What an experience. 🙂


  9. Joss says:

    Isn’t it just the loveliest of smells. I love walking by lilacs and love bringing some indoors every year. Mine won’t be blooming for another 2-3 weeks but I’m looking forward to them, as I do every year.
    walk in beauty.


  10. One of my favorite scents!


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