In the backyard of my parents’ house in Pennsylvania, there’s a lilac bush. “Bush” is a bit of a misnomer – it’s really more of a lilac tree, or a forest unto itself – and every spring, we had enough lilacs to offer to the whole world, it seemed.
There are plenty of flowering plants that I like well enough, and a select few that I can’t stand, but lilacs will always have a special place in my heart, even if the average city plant seems puny. Jack and I have been to the Arnold Arboretum many times, but had never checked out Lilac Sunday; today, we took a run over to meet some friends and enjoy the staggering array of lilac varieties. (A lilac-and-hyacinth blend exists! Who knew?)
To all of the mothers in our lives and in our hearts, a very happy Mothers’ Day!
image credits: Union Jack Creative