Monday, May 24, 2010

A Single Blossom



Last spring I came across a lilac shrub at our local nursery. Its blossoms had the strongest lilac fragrance I've ever smelled.

I brought her home and planted her by our old lilac bush so that they could blossom happily together.


But this has been a cool spring so our little baby lilac hasn't shown many signs of life. However, today I looked closer and saw that the poor leafless branches miraculously produced one single large blossom.


And she's beautiful. The variety is called Katherine Havemeyer and the flowers are described as 'lilac-blue, double and open from purple buds, with four to eight inch dense panicles appearing in late spring and early summer'. This species is also referred to as the French Lilac and is known for its extremely fragrant blossoms.

Perhaps as spring warms into summer, she'll come on stronger and grace us with more of her sweet blossoms.

34 comments :

The Tablescaper said...

What a lovely blossom. It took a long time for my lilac bush to produce numerous blossoms, but it's worthe the wait.

- The Tablescaper

Kerri said...

Your lilacs are divine! It's too warm to grow them here in Queensland, so I'll have to be content looking at all your gorgeous photos! Just beautiful. K xx

Privet and Holly said...

This is absolutely PRECIOUS. What blossoms. She's going to be a beauty once she feels at HOME. I am loving the large petals on the flower. My Miss Kims are blooming now, but the petals are teeny-tiny. I think...no, I KNOW... that I need to find out if I can get a Katherine Havemyer for my yard. It would make the anticipation of spring all the sweeter. Thanks for sharing this tiny wonder!
Happy Monday! xx P&H

Lynne said...

That may be the prettiest lilac I have ever seen. I have been wanting to buy one for a while and never quite got round to it. Now I am glad because I know exactly which one I want (if I can get it here in NZ).

the VG huis said...

I'm very sad that I must have clipped my miniature lilac back too much. Normally I get loads of powerfully fragranced blooms and this year only a few : ( Your pictures are beautiful!!!

~Stacey

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. What a beautiful flower - I've never seen that variety but will definitely look for it. I just love lilacs, they have to be my favorite. That scent, just spectacular! Thanks for sharing - love that little milk glass vase. Ciao, bella.

Southern Lady said...

So beautiful. I am wishing you many more blossoms in the future! Carla

frugal farmhouse design said...

Tricia, that is a beautiful lilac bloom. I have to search for that variety in my area. I LOVE lilacs, I have them in white. I would love to add a little color, and that one is so soft and pretty. Hope your little tree continues to grown strong and healthy. All the best, Lori

Roseanna said...

I love lilacs...I am from Rochester, NY, know as the "flower city". We have a Lilac Festival every year for one week in May (yesterday was the final day) in Highland Park. It is an amazing display of thousands of lilacs of all varieties. They make and sell a lilac perfume that is delightful. I think it is a law here to have a least one lilac bush in your yard!!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful blossom she produced for you! My grandparents had a French lilac bush and it was oh so fragrant and beautiful!

Kat :)

the gardeners cottage said...

hi trina,

what a beautiful bloom. how exciting to see a new species. like tablescaper said, it does take time for lilacs to establish. have a great week trina.

~janet

Neil and Susan Brown said...

She is beautiful especially in the milk glass vase! We are just waiting for ours to bloom. Lovely photos... Susan :)

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful. That is one thing I would love to plant this year.

In My Tennis Shoes said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and I'm in love! makes me want to plant some flowers! and build a house!

VivaciousVegan said...

I grew up with a lilac grove in my back yard. They are my favorite bush! We have over a doen fuly mature french lilacs in our yard. Spring time here is magical, and the smell is divine!

Michelle said...

I can smell them from here :)

Best,
Michelle

Buttercup said...

Beautiful! Lilacs are my favorite flowers.

bullie_mama said...

Gorgeous! Doesn't it make you feel good when all your hard work gardening pays off?
Your lilac probably thought it was dying (cos it was in a small pot and being transplanted) so it produced a blossom in order to "spread it's seeds and leave it's mark on the world". But now that it's in a nice new home, it will want to settle in and will probably take a long time (maybe even a few years) to bloom again. Lilacs are picky that way.
Ciscoe just had an entire show on Lilacs, so I learned a lot from him. ;-) You have a true beauty in your garden!

24 Corners said...

She's a miracle blossom!!! The double petals really are spectacular and so lush, I truly wish I could smell the sweet fragrance!

With all the tender loving care you will lavish upon her, she will also be thanking you in the coming years with an abundance of blooms...just as your other beautiful lilac has.
xxoo J~

Robin said...

So very beautiful, love all the different shades of purple.

central bark designs said...

Beautiful! I had an antique lilac bush at my home in Virginia - but now that I'm living the city girl life in NYC - I have to buy them from the corner bodega! Nothing reminds me of spring more than a beautiful blooming lilac!

red ticking said...

trina...

truly a gift... i love when this happens... enjoy every moment it lasts... i wish they could last forever!
xx pam

jodi @ back40life said...

still so beautiful, though! hope more blooms will come through!

lisaroy said...

What a special little thing! I've always loved lilacs - they're one of my absolute favourite flowers and how lucky that you have a gorgeous one! I'm sure you'll be blessed with many more beautiful blooms! : )

Sarah B said...

How gorgeous! I think that's the variety I planted last year. I was looking at it this morning and it looks like a few buds are forming so I'll be looking forward to those in the spring :)

Lacey from Weekends at Home said...

That is a gorgeous variety! I have been thinking about getting some lilacs for my back yard... now I know which one to look for. Hello, Katherine Havemeyer!

for the love of a house said...

Stunning! Wouldn't it be delightful to have a flower named after you?!!
Hope your day is wonderful!
joan

Sandy said...

Beautiful variety. I love a huge bouquet of lilacs!

Mary Lou said...

You'll have to learn to make soap or something! I can see it now. Farmhouse French Lilac soap...Or maybe just enjoy the blooms and fragrance?
Beautiful.

Kelle Dame said...

Your photos are stunning! I can almost smell them!

kayce hughes said...

I may have to treat myself. It may console me after my puppy dug up the climbing hydrangea that was 5 years old.

Tamara said...

Your lilacs are gorgeous! I have to follow just for the chance to see more of them.

Tamara
http://hisperfectpromises.blogspot.com/

Leigha said...

Beautiful, beautiful! The images are gorgeous. And your landscaping post has me itching to get a little dirt under my fingernails. :)

Rachel said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Can only imagine how it smells :O)

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