Lilac through the Window

Today, I’m going no further than my kitchen window.  The lilac has been glorious this year.  Is it because it has been – well – especially spectacular, or have we simply had more time to enjoy its big blowsy blooms and seductive smell?  It’s June now, and lilac has no place in the summer garden, so here is the view that has greeted us every breakfast time for about three weeks.  Can’t complain about that.

 

 

 

Monday Window

60 thoughts on “Lilac through the Window”

  1. You have a great view Margaret, and I think it’s true because of our strange times that you have “simply had more time to enjoy its big blowsy blooms and seductive smell”…but scent, please, not smell for something delightful. I can be picky with words.

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    1. Me too, Sue. But ‘scent’ for me implies artificial, man-made perfumes. I know that’s not true, but it’s how it seems to me, and it’s a word I tend to avoid.

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    1. Nope. I gave up at the first hurdle. But it shows how daft it is, doesn’t it? Can’t tell the difference between old-style and new-style posts, can we?

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      1. Becky’s looks great this morning but I haven’t had a go yet. Not sure if you can swap back once you’ve published on there. I seem to remember Debs having issues, but then she’s a solver. I may well be a happy quitter 😂😂

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      2. Ah thanks. That does look useful. I’ll have a go tomorrow … or the next day … or the one after that. You can see how motivated I am.

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    2. You can swap back. If you go to the three dots on the top right it gives you the option. I had a go last night on the flower blog, found it a bit tedious, but I like the different layouts with images and the drop capital is fun. Also I thought you could choose different font styles but I didn’t work that one out. I stopped playing when my media library suddenly disappeared and it also took me a while to find the trash button to get rid of the mess I was making! I might have another try when I have more time.

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      1. My current subscription needs renewal in September and I’ll probably stop then- though I’ve said that for at least the last 2 years. I hit 10,000 followers this week, and I don’t know 9,9000 of them! Life here is starting to get busy again, and hot, and I can’t be bothered to experiment on WP. 😦 😦

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      2. I don’t know why I’ve hit ‘like’ as I don’t at all. I realise you may feel you’ve been there, said that, but your immense list of followers is testament to how much your posts are enjoyed. Maybe you’ll post less often, but you are someone who engages so much with your followers, who have become your friends, so please renew! I’ll organise Crowdfunding for your subscription 😉 !

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      3. I do hope you don’t. I love walking with you and travelling to different places. The classic editor is still available until 2022 at least. You can cut down and post less often, not every Monday.

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      4. Okay. Getting the message. Every Monday is ‘the last’ and then another flurry of walks come in. Anticipating beach walk Monday and ‘sign off’. You know I’ll still be here. Too vain not to be. Hot hugs from a roof terrace 😎💕💕

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      5. You could stop the weekly walks and just post when you want to. It’s probably the adding links and visiting other blogs that take up your time the most, one reason I do not add links to my posts. I visit and I comment.

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      6. I haven’t started yet. I have a private blog where I keep recipes, so I might play on that so the consequence aren’t too terrible. But my motivation is very poor.

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      7. To be honest apart from a few interesting changes that I might use most of the blocks are aimed at Web designers, commercial blogs etc. Not for the hobbyist blogger.

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  2. I don’t know if you are on facebook but there is a group which was formed at the beginning of April which simply asks people to post a photo of a view from their home. It has been wonderful to see very mundane yards or even concrete walls to very stunning views from exotic places, from the view out of a Shanghai skyscraper on other skyscrapers to South African east coast monkeys, from rural England to antipodean jungle scenes. Your photos would have fit right in!

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  3. Lilac is gorgeous and I see your view includes the traditional lilac lilac, the darker purple version and a white variety too. I am very envious. It’s the first time in 25 years of my own gardens I haven’t had space for a lilac tree – mmm, just wondering whether it’s possible to squeeze in a dwarf variety in a pot? They don’t really do the term ‘lilac tree j’ustice though..

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    1. I’m not sure if it’s worth it, Agnes. They are wonderfully gorgeous for three heady weeks, then die back somewhat disgracefully, before sinking into obscurity for 48 weeks. Only you can decide …

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  4. A lovely view enhanced by the flowering lilacs. I remember when I lived in the UK being impressed by the flowers when the plants were in bloom – lilacs seem so awfully English with a burden of added sentiment such as from the song “We’ll gather lilacs”. But strangely I have no memory at all of their smell/scent, and I wonder why that might be as “smells” are so evocative.

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      1. Oh thanks – that it explains it. Not sure when I might have the opportunity though. I don’t think I have seen lilac plants here. If they are around they are not that common.

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      2. ooh we have had ones that do waft, maybe it is the warmth they need as Jude suggests. Love lilacs, very envious of yours

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  5. Our single leggy lilac has been at its best this year and is currently sharing space with an equally neglected leggy rose. From a distance they look gorgeous. Up close the combined smell/scent/fragrance (take your choice) is divine. I just have to approach with my eyes closed.

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      1. No still blooming strongly. We always seem to be late here despite Cornwall as a whole being early (seasonally of course). On the wane but a bit longer yet. Then I’ll attack both with the loppers!

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      2. The rose is prolific and needs shearing to the ground, I suspect. It’s rate of growth is impressive. With the lilac, I’ve been cautiously cutting bits off and have been delighted at the new growth it’s generated. The old bush is so misshapen and flimsy – no density to it at all. So I promise I’ll be careful and just lop off one major leaning branch this year. The rose will be my main focus of attack. Maybe I’ll take a photo first – in case it doesn’t survive!

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