And just like that, spring is here.  We’ve gone from brown to green within one week.  Some spring rain showers, bright sunshine, and warm temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s have caused spring to burst forth in Minnesota.  Grass is now green, and the trees and shrubs are bursting with their leaf buds.  Green shoots are visible from the warming soil, and I have even seen some daffodils that are blooming.  Our lilac bush has opened its tight buds into the warm air.  And luckily the snowfall predicted for this weekend did not appear.  Quickly our landscape will continue to change.

Lilac blooms

The lilac bushes has blossomed out, and their sweet smell lingers in the air.  We’re fortunate to have both white and purple lilacs.  Throughout the neighborhood there are lilac bushes and hedges, and some are over 10 feet tall.  Their colors and delicateness are noticeable.  After the heavy rain from a day ago, the alley was littered with white and purple petals scattered on the ground.  As short-lived as their blooming season is, it makes me appreciate their beauty and their scent even more.

Scent of lilacs

Lilacs 12914_StaatsNot only has spring blossomed into our visual senses, but it has now spread its delightful scents throughout the air.  With a few days of warming temperatures the lilacs quickly burst into bloom.  How wonderful to be stopped in my tracks when their scent was being carried by the light breeze across the yard!  To me, that is the true sign of spring’s arrival and the dismissal of the dark of winter.

White lilacs

White lilacs_Staats-9590We’re fortunate to have both purple and white lilacs surrounding our yard.  With some recent rain and higher humidity levels the air has been heavy with the sweet smell of the lilacs.  Knowing how short-lived their blossoms are, I cut some and brought into the house.  This old pink hobnail glass pitcher that had been my mother’s seems the perfect vessel to hold them and let them release their fragrance throughout the house.


Whtie & purple lilacs 7D_1731 _StaatsSpring is here.  Abundantly.  Everywhere we have flowering trees in bloom, tulips that are reaching upward toward the sunlight, and leaves that have burst forth.  But one of my favorite blooms (and scents) of spring are the lilacs.  We are fortunate to have them throughout the Twin Cities; not only do they grace yards and alleys, but they are also planted along the highways, streets, and county roads.  On a warm and sunny day it’s a delight to drive along a road edged with lilacs and have their wonderful light scent float into the car.  We have both the purple and white lilacs in our yard.  Because of their delicateness and short life-span once they’ve been cut, I find I cherish them even more.  Soon the blooms will be gone and the bushes covered with full leaves.  But for now I will revel in their beauty and smell of everything spring!