Monday, May 08, 2006

Lilacs


One of the things I really love about spring is the lilacs. They are coming into full bloom here in Minnesota and there are millions of them in our neighborhood, so that for about a week every May it smells like lilacs everywhere you go, even when you're just in the alley dropping off the garbage. We even have some right by our bedroom window and if I venture to open the window and it's slightly breezy sometimes I can smell them in our apartment. You have to act fast though, they stick around only long enough for you to get a feeling for how great they are and then they're gone until next year!

Lilacs taste good, too. Don't ask me how I know this. Gilatto (a delectable frozen dessert, we have a store here in Minneapolis) has a 'lilac' flavored ice cream but it's not quite as strong as I'd like, although it's good.

2 comments:

Katie said...

I had no idea that you could eat lilacs!

Peggy said...

If you pick off the individual little florettes you can taste the nectar at the base of the blossom. A favourite of ours as we carried armloads of lilac back to the house. I hope that everyone cuts a huge bouquet of them and enjoys the perfect perfume of spring lilacs.

(Your blog entry has swung it for me. I am going to find a lilac to plant here at Whitelees. Been lilac-less for too long.)