Vermont’s Lilac Scent

Lilacs are blooming like gangbusters now.

They’re early, like everything else is this spring, but that’s OK.

I’ll probably post a lot about lilacs because I can’t get enough of them.

Yesterday, I parked in a residential neighborhood in Burlington as I went to work. I had to walk several blocks, and of course I had to stop at each lilac bush, stick my nose into a bloom and inhale deeply,


I’m sure onlookers must have rolled their eyes at the site of a middle-aged man in Carhartts stopping at every damn lilac bush, but the hell with them.

Last night, when I got home, it was warm and breezy, a beautiful spring night. My lilacs are just starting to bloom and give off their scent, as you can see by the picture I shot this morning of a rain-kissed lilac near my front door.

I stood downwind from one of my lilac bushes as I talked with my friend Craig on the phone. So that was a great moment: Catching up with a friend I hadn’t talked to in awhile, and breathing the sweet smell of lilacs.

Makes for a nice end to the day, doesn’t it?

One Response to “Vermont’s Lilac Scent”

  1. Jay Vos Says:

    I’ve been amazed that the lilacs are blooming so early this year. Was in the ONE yesterday and did the same thing you did…stopped and smelled the lilacs!
    I have a vase full of lilacs on my kitchen table, given to me by friends for my birthday yesterday. Spring Bliss!

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