California Lilac

The closest thing we have to real lilacs in California is Ceanothus. It doesn’t have the heavenly fragrance, but the color is quite beautiful, especially at sunset. . . .

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The plants in the background? Echium, another favorite.

Great weekend, everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day to my readers in the U.S.!

{carole}

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16 Responses to California Lilac

  1. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful … a long way yet for lilacs up here, but things are popping pretty fast since the snow stopped and the ice went out! Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Carole.

  2. Caroline says:

    Lilacs are my favourite and these come very close. Do they also exist in many different colors?
    It’s Mother’s Day in Germany in Switzerland as well. The UK have it much earlier.

  3. Ms. Spock says:

    All the leaves are green
    And the sky is blue.
    Carole did a walk,
    A pleasant thing to do;
    Carole’s safe and warm,
    I think it’s safe to say.
    California dreamin’
    On such a gorgeous day!

    [Apologies to Michelle Gilliam and John Phillips]

    I can smell the Ceanothus from here — in my California dreamin’, since you’re telling me there’s no Ceanothus fragrance. I like the photographs. Keep it up!

  4. There’s nothing that beats the scent of lilacs. There are a few blooming in front of a nearby brownstone. I walk Reggie by there and I’m sure to enjoy the smell while it lasts.

  5. It does look like a lilac, but the blossoms are smaller, right?

  6. TBM says:

    They are beautiful, but I don’t remember them from my childhood. Time for a visit?

  7. Your photographs are beautiful. Such pretty shades of purple.

  8. Laurie says:

    The top photo, especially, is quite lovely.

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