Lilacs: Friendly to House Cats and Spectacles

May 4, 2012


Bouquet of lilacs with a pair of spectacles

“Now you are a very decent flower,
A reticent flower,
A curiously clear-cut, candid flower,
Standing beside clean doorways,
Friendly to a house-cat and a pair of spectacles,
Making poetry out of a bit of moonlight
And a hundred or two sharp blossoms.”
— Amy Lowell, “Lilacs”

“May is lilac here in New England.”
— Amy Lowell, “Lilacs”

It’s May and the lilacs are blooming here in Seattle, too!

Purple lilacs


White lilacs

Lilacs and books

Lilac and the book, Bringing Nature Home

Lilac photo, edited with inverted color

And don’t you just love that “purple” lilac scent?  What other smells mean Spring to you?

by Kathryn Worth

Through all the frozen winter
My nose has grown most lonely
For lovely, lovely, colored smells
That come in springtime only.

The purple smell of lilacs,
The yellow smell that blows
Across the air of meadows
Where bright forsythia grows.

The tall pink smell of peach trees,
The low white smell of clover,
And everywhere the great green smell
Of grass the whole world over.


7 Responses to “Lilacs: Friendly to House Cats and Spectacles”

  1. garden2day Says:

    They are lovely! I love purple (or “lilac”)!

  2. Chris Says:

    I can almost smell their scent looking at your photos! With my roots in the midwest, the lilac has to be one of my favorite flowers and you have captured their essence so beautifully here!! :}
    There are so many delicious scents in spring, I can’t really name just one that I love! Just the scent of spring itself on a cool, fresh morning, after a rain…like this morning’s scent. …is just intoxicating!

  3. Elephant's Eye Says:

    That closing poem is delicious.

  4. Renee Says:

    Enjoy them while they last. They are gone too soon. Here in New York they have come and gone

  5. Sallyann Says:

    Beautiful. 🙂

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