Thursday, April 12, 2012

Celebrating Lilacs


If you are going to be my special houseguest, and I know that your favorite color is lavender, there's going to be a scramble to uncover something suitable enough to please your color sense at my place. This particular hue isn't easily found in my linen or china closet. But lilac season is so inspiring that I managed to remember an item or two.



I've been monitoring the bushes for the precise moment to showcase these blossoms in a post, and today's the day! I'm also sort of celebrating my debut into gardening (small "g"). I have a cluster of new tools in my ancient trug and will be dipping my trowel into a bit of garden dirt on occasion.



Until now, my garden pursuits have tended toward relaxation, and entertainment. Not broken fingernails and sore back muscles. My recent lifestyle has left a little earthworm sized wiggle room in that respect, however, and I've been testing the limits of my vintage metal rake. Who knows where this may lead?  







A vintage fringed barkcloth tablecloth picks up both the colors of the lilacs, and the muddy-colored garden walls. (Another post with this tablecloth is HERE.) I tend to use stronger colors outside. The quilted underlayer is the more sedate side of a vintage patchwork quilt.









A little mix of weathered wood and lace finishes things off.


















































I have a new dandelion digger. . . . Anyone care to join me? . . . anyone? . . . If only weeding was as fun and easy as growing lilacs! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the show!

Jacqueline



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50 comments:

Anne said...

Lovely setting.And those lilacs are gorgeous.My lilacs are barely blooming.This is my second year with them.They may need to relocated.
Anne

Willow said...

I love lilacs and love yours. I have several in our backyard. I just wished they bloomed all year.

Rebecca said...

Oh, I definitely enjoyed "the show"!
I've made our lilacs the background on my garden blog.

I love the way you've "staged" here with yours...I believe that the only thing better than the sight of them is the SCENT of them!

Betty Sneeringer said...

Oh, I would love to be able to grow lilacs! Our closest substitute is crepe myrtles but they don't come close. Your outdoor setting is lovely. I hope you do get the gardening "bug". There is just nothing more rewarding in my book, unless it is keeping the garden journal!

Betty

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

The lilacs are beautiful. Your table- scape is beautiful. As to the dandelions...I'm very much interested in making dandelion syrup or jelly.

I've got my own dandelions to harvest though!

have fun gardening.

I find it rewarding, Pat

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Of course, don't you know that with beauty comes toil?!! You sure have a good start on the beauty. I love the whole post and the star, lilacs, are gorgeous. Mine are still small sprouts of leaves and teeny, tiny buds. But looks like might be a good crop. Keep fingers crossed..Happy Thursday..Judy

Susie said...

All your photos are gorgeous. Lilacs were my mother's favorite flower...I can never look at them and not think of her:):)The fringed table cloth is so beautiful. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a beautiful post with my favorite things, lilac's and outdoor garden items.

Pamela Gordon said...

These photos are so pretty. I love how you arranged everything around the beautiful lilacs and the rustic look of the metal and wood. Have a great day! Pamela

Salmagundi said...

I picked a bouquet of lilacs yesterday - what a joyous smell!! Sally

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well I am excited and Welcoming your debut (with a BIG W!). Think of all the fun new things to buy and collect, haha!! Love your Lilacs and am jealous (small j) mine are still tight 2" buds.... The smell of lilacs (the color!!) Mmmmm... Ahhh!! Your full vignette pics are perect, stunning! Happy weeding to you, my dandelions are thriving and calling my name today!
Hugs,
Bella

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, how pretty! I've always wanted to grow lilacs, what a spring treat. Your set up in the garden is lovely! Beautiful vignette on the table!

XO,
Jane

Haworth said...

I hope you enjoy your time gardening, Jacqueline. I love getting up very early in the morning to work in the garden. Your lilacs are so beautiful. Mine are just setting their buds now but won't be blooming for several weeks yet. By the way, I have an old knitting bag with wooden handles that is made of that exact bark cloth! I'll try to take a picture of it for you.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Just a few more weeks and my lilacs will be blooming too! Thank you for sharing yours with your gorgeous photos...they will hold me over until my blooms appear. Love your tablecloth too! :)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

BEAUTIFUL, Jacqueline!

Your lilacs there look so much more different than mine here. They are much larger blossoms and aren't blooming yet - usually is early June - but will be earlier due to an early spring....but it got down to 29 last night, so I think there may be problems, we'll see.

Your gardenscape is lovely.

Gretchen said...

Your lilacs are to die for and I love the container they are in. What an inviting place to spend time.

Gretchen

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Hellooooo Jacqueline...
Although I LoVe your B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L Fresh Lilacs, My Eye is drawn to the Rusty-White-Chair!*!*!
Jeanine Burkhardt

Curtains in My Tree said...

I enjoyed the show

lilacs are always so pretty this time of year and your display is gorgeous
love the table setting
I worked in the yard Tuesday all day and enjoyed it so much

beautiful show and tell post

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Lovely post-great show of lavender and lilacs!

pembrokeshire lass said...

Just LOVED it!! makes me want to get all the crochet work that my mother in law did out and make some pretty designs!! I loved the lilac also . it will be a while before ours is out in Wales1 Made me feel quite nostalgic!
Such a lovely set of photos! Joan

poppilinnstudios said...

Beautiful show! Everything looks perfect-so pretty!
-Lynn

chateau chic said...

The "show" was gorgeous. You really have the knack of putting together a photo shoot. Love the colors in your tablecloth, and of course the lilacs are so pretty. I'm waiting for mine to bloom.
Mary Alice

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, that one photo looks like a still life in a little french country garden! Charming!

And...Good luck with your foray into the dirt and worms and trowels... smile

Cindy

Ivy and Elephants said...

The lilacs are just gorgeous! Your green thumb is definitely showing.
Ahhh, I can just smell them now!
Hugs,
Patti

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful, Jacqueline...I love the color of the lilacs with the flower basket...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful vignette Jacqueline! My lilacs are blooming too-yay! Enjoy the gardening it can be fun:@)

Carol said...

Love the lilacs. I've been picking a couple of blooms to bring inside every day or so. Heavenly fragrance!
The lace and old wood are gorgeous and the little old chair is wonderful.

Jen said...

Lilacs are a favorite of mine. Gorgeous pictures, as always.

Olive Cooper said...

Perhaps soon you will be a complete garden freak like me and plant fifty plants like I did recently and nearly killed myself but please find time for these dauntingly beautiful vignettes. Never stop.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

If those lilacs are any indication....your garden will be beautiful.

Danielle said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE lilacs! I can practically smell them! : - )
Beautiful setting. Simply charming!

Danielle xo

jeanetteann said...

lovely;show,gorgeous vingnette
xx

French-Kissed said...

Gorgeous post...love the lilacs and they way you styled your images.

Jermaine

Sylvia said...

I definitely enjoyed the show. I adore lilacs and can't wait for them to bloom here. The smell of lilacs on a spring day ... one of my favorite simple pleasures in life.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Beautiful--I can smell them from here!

achter-de-linden said...

Love your photo's!
Greetings from the Netherlands
groetjes Heidi

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Such a lovely "lilac" post Jacqueline.
I am not familiar with the flower. I would like to find out if they could grow here! What a beautiful plant
Love your tablecloth.
the little garden chair adds to the scene..
val

A Cottage Muse said...

My g is even smaller than yours when it comes to gardening! But it would be fun to visit and learn along side you! Next to hydrangeas, lilacs are second favorite, both in lovely shades of lavendar of course!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda said...

I always love your photos. It's not yet time for lilacs here but soon. Last year, I planted a 'Bloomerang' by a bench near the front door so that whenever I come home, I can benefit from their scent. I really hope they come into full bloom this season.

My dear neighbour, Joanne, loooves to weed. I can come home at any time and find her weeding in my garden. Am I lucky?! Lol

Cheers,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What lovely vignettes and good to see all done outside as my mother always told me it is unlucky to take lilac into the house!

ImSoVintage said...

Lilacs are so gorgeous. I wish I wasn't so darned allergic to them :)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

That little vignette makes me want to sit outside with a book. The green bucket with its twisted metal handle is wonderful filled with lilacs!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a great pink Saturday.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I'm going around visiting everyone on today's PINK SATURDAY list.....with my hot cup of coffee, of course! Just wanted to let you know that I was here! Have yourself a great weekend, and stop by my place if you've the time!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina
xo

Gabriela Delworth said...

HPS!

Amazing photos, love Lilacs!


Gabriela

Debra @ Common Ground said...

that green container basket is just so wonderful. love the play of the lavender lilacs against it. and that barkcloth tablecloth. LOVE it!!

Swede Dreamer said...

Absolutely gorgeous post!
~Angie

Judy Bigg said...

Every image is just beautiful, so soft, so relaxing. You are talented in staging your display and they are so enjoyable to look at. Thanks for sharing.

S said...

Beautiful snapshots. Lilacs are my absolute favorite flowers. Our bush is just beginning to fill out, but the clear crisp evening air is already full of the wonderful scent.

Candy said...

Lilacs are my favorite, so, of course I love this post. And, your photography......gorgeous. I could almost smell the blooms.

Im now following you and hope you'll come visit me at http://PickinandPaintin.blogspot.com and maybe you'll decide to follow back. THANKS.

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