Flowering Trees: Lilac

Lilac with double flowers

A few days ago I explained how I often struggle to choose between different shots of a particular plant. This is another case. The top shot is more evocative, or at least I seem to smell lilac when I see it, but the second shot shows the shape of the double flowers better.

Double lilac with darker flowers

Both are of a double lilac with darker flowers: the more usual form is single and paler, as below.


The two forms below are unusually pale, which gives them an antique character – not that lilac could ever seem anything other than timeless.

Pale lilac flower

Antique style lilac flowers

To conclude, another double, closer in colour to the common form. This lilac is doing its best to emulate the rainbow heart in the window.

Lilac and rainbow heart

Shared for Becky’s TreeSquare. While there is some argument about whether lilac is a shrub or a tree, I’m contending it can be either.

I’m also linking to Cee’s Flower of the Day in the knowledge that these friends are happy to share.

54 Replies to “Flowering Trees: Lilac”

    1. I also try for shots of the whole tree to show its abundance, but those ones are more tricky to get right, especially as we are often under grey skies here.

  1. “Timeless” indeed is the word. There are few words that can well describe lilac, I think; it must be breathed. These seem to have been grown by Rubens. I second Cee: gorgeous!

      1. Probably. I grew up with “You plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.” So I imagine there were lots of similar ‘clocks’ that followed Nature’s lead. I know when I see goldenrod blooming, we are on the downward slope of summer.

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