Lilacs

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother/ sister is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17
Notice the rich green heart-shaped leaves and then the cluster of flowers from pink to lilac.  Lilacs thrive in fertile, humus-rich , well-drained neutral to alkaline soil.

The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.

Margaret Miller
My mum was a child during the second World War and she loved to sing just any  song from that time.  She didn’t have a good voice and her two sisters who did told her so! Her daughters, Shelly and I loved her loud slightly off key voice.  One of her favourites was “You are my sunshine you make me happy when skies are grey.” She would put our names into the song and we adored her for it.  The funny thing was our country very rarely had grey skies.  Then she would pretend she was Vera Lyn and sing ” We’ll Gather Lilacs in the spring…” We didn’t have any lilacs in our garden then but when she came to England she was thrilled to see them.  I am so happy we shared that moment and of course she sang to me then too.
If you would like to listen to what mum used to sing,  here it is. This version is sung by Harry Secombe and Moria Anderson .

We’ll Gather Lilacs
Here are the three colours blooming outside the gardens down our road today.

Nothing is more wistful than the scent of lilac, nor more robust than its woody stalk, for we must remember that it is a tree as well as a flower,  we must try not to forget this.

Steve Smith

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