There are many firsts of Spring, the first crocus, the first robin, the first tulip, the first day of a vacation week dedicated to gardening. But these pale beside the first whiff of lilacs in bloom.
Their scent is sweet and heavy and fresh, all at the same time. I can not walk by my lilacs in bloom without slowing down and pausing to breathe deeply the scent of Spring, the scent of lilacs in bloom.
In my own garden, I have four varieties of lilacs and weather permitting, I have lilac blooms in late April, early-mid May and the first of June.
But the star of my lilacs, the queen, the one I enjoy the most, is Syringa patula, ‘Miss Kim’ which has perfectly timed its blooms for me to enjoy this past week.
I can not imagine Spring without lilacs in bloom.