Monday, April 24, 2017

Lilacs, blue and otherwise

 Lilacs are in full bloom right now and I've been admiring a bushful of blues down behind the cabin that for some reason neither Kay nor I remember. These bushes have had a few hard years, winter-killed, were cut back and two of the three are looking good again (the third bush, not so much).

We're used to seeing lilacs that are, well, lilac in color with a few whites thrown in for good measure. But these illegal immigrants from the Balkan Peninsula --- hybridized countless times in the centuries since western European plant explorers brought them home --- bloom in all sorts of shades, mostly in the range of deep purple to light pink.

So here to start a new work week are two views of the blues and one of the lighter more lilac variety blooming right next door.

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