Big Daddy’s Birthday Weekend always comes when the Lilacs are in bloom. This year the children did as they always do for daddy. They gather little somethings from around the house… things they think he would like… things he has misplaced… they creatively wrap these little treasures and present them to him in such a sweet little fashion. This year as he mowed the grass they hid their gifts in the mailbox. Each gift wrapped with packing tape… sometimes electric tape or blue painters tape… whatever they can find. This year, adorned with little, fragrant lilac flowers.
Here on the farm we have the biggest…. biggest lilac tree I have ever seen. Yes, I’d call it a tree instead of a bush as it towers at two stories tall. You can smell it from the front of the house long before you can even see it. This lovely blooming tree gave me a break from all the work in the Potager and gardens this weekend as I brought in an armfull of blooms to display around the house. There is a trick to cutting lilacs lest they fall limp and weak within hours.
For best results cut your lilac stems in the early morning or evening removing any side stems or branches that would be submerged in water (other than your main stem). Working quickly, hammer the ends of each stem so they split and fray a bit. Arrange your flowers in your vase. Water. Display out of direct sunlight and for even longer lasting blooms store your arrangement in the fridge at night.
Like the brief, beautiful lilac blooms soon these few, precious days of small children and small gifts will be over.
I cherish them much more then the brief blooms of the lilacs.
If only there was a way to make these days last.
Here’s for your pin boards –