Stealing Lilacs

Posted April 12th, 2012 by Candice

Apparently I’m only allowed to pitch one hissy fit a week.  I’d already used up my meltdown allotment by Monday.

So yesterday I went on a lilac mission.  We can’t get a lilac bush to grow in what General Braddock (French and Indian War, not Civil) called “Virginia jack clay.”  But there’s an empty house down the road with the biggest lilac bush in the back yard just sitting there.

I packed my clippers and a plastic bag and brought home an armful of lilacs.  My husband said I’m not only trespassing but stealing.  I told him the lilac bush is neglected and needed pruning.  The bush felt much better after I gave it a little trim.

It’s hard to stay in a rotten mood when you have lilacs in the kitchen.  You walk by and the scent just reaches out and taps you on the shoulder.  I want to wear lilac cologne every day.  It just might improve my disposition.

8 Responses to “Stealing Lilacs”

  1. Han says:

    Wish you could come here. Our house is surrounded by lilac bushes. We have at least 15 bushes. And our house is also dripping with wisteria. 🙂 Since we moved here after the wisteria was in purple flower we have that to look forward to this year. I can’t wait.

    • Candice says:

      I wish I could come there, too. You are knee-deep in lilacs! The wisteria has been blooming a few weeks here. Sometimes I get lilacs and wisteria mixed up–they both smell heavenly.

  2. Melodye says:

    I miss having lilac bushes in my yard (or, ahem, my neighbors’ gardens).

    Oh, and I should think that absentee landlord would be glad for the “free” gardening service. 🙂

    P.S. That vase (drinking glass?) is so beautiful. Is it a junking acquisition?

  3. Candice says:

    If you could see the rest of that place, you’d wonder if there even was an absentee landlord! Beer bottles on the porch . . . the lilac is the only lovely touch. That’s actually a small pitcher, blue Depression glass, daisy-button pattern. It was my mother’s (snagged on one of *her* long-ago antiquin’ binges)and she called it a milk pitcher.

  4. Lilacs beg to be borrowed. These are beautiful. We’ve got another month or so before we smell them in Mass, but I know it’s heaven.

    • Candice says:

      I agree! I’m only “borrowing” them. I think ours have peaked already. We had everything come in at once, nearly. All that’s left to look forward to are peonies. Even my roses are blooming.

  5. Melissa G says:

    I like your logic. I’ll have to remember that the next time I want some flowers. 🙂

  6. Candice says:

    Works for me, should work on the other side of the globe, too!

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