It’s Week 17 of the Blooms, and with it comes lots and lots of lilacs! Known to mean ‘first love’, lilacs were probably one of the first flowers I started picking from my garden to bring inside the house because of my love for their amazing fragrance. I’ve been patiently waiting for this springtime shrub to bloom, watching it daily, waiting for the right time to pick its purple flowers.
Lilacs are best picked when most of the florets are open as they never open past the stage of harvesting. They are also known to wilt after about 3-4 days of cutting, and seem to last longer if arranged with other lilacs only, and if the ends of the stems are shaved as if you were shaving a pencil.
It felt amazing having so many stems to harvest and arrange, all while breathing in their heavenly scent. This to me is what seasonality is truly all about.