Lilac, the color.
Lilac, the smell
Lilac, the flower
Lilaceous, all things lilac
Was killing weeds in my brick walks and then ran out of weed spray. Didn't want to waste a pretty day going to the store for more (besides looking like I was a creature from mars with all the covering I wear when spraying). So decided to cut out the dead on two rose bushes. Then decided another rose needed an arbor I had put someplace else. That required cutting a lot of vines out before moving. Got so hot, I decided to pull weeds on the east side of the fence. When all of a sudden (at 4:00 PM) I thought: Iced tea!
It's a warm (78 degrees) beautiful day and I need iced tea even though it's only April 1st. But first I picked a huge bouquet of lilacs. Then a few tulips and a branch of the crab apple tree. And now I have my glass of tea.
Here's my mother-in-law's perfect iced tea recipe. Being from Georgia, they always have sweet tea, but it'll work either way. I added the spice tea for just a little more flavor.
Margaret's Gibson's Iced Tea
8 cups (2 qts.) - Cold water
6 - tea bags (any kind such as Lipton breakfast type)
1 - tea bag of Constant Comment spice
1 pinch - baking soda
Optional - 1 to 2 cups - Sugar
4 Quart - pitcher
Remove paper tags from tea bags
Put cold water and 7 tea bags in a large pan
Bring to a boil
Turn off heat
Add a pinch of baking soda (it will bubble up)
(Optional: put sugar in pitcher)
Add hot tea - stir if using sugar
Add another 2 quarts of cold water to tea mixture.
I know this is a basic recipe. By following these steps it'll be really great iced tea.
Now to arrange those lilacs in a vase and enjoy the scent for a few days. Lilaceous!
Top photo is the first Red Admiral butterfly I've seen this year. He was enjoying this old-fashioned purple lilac as much as I was.
Second photo is of a very old white lilac original to our old house. Very scented.
Third photo is of lilac "Sensation". It doesn't have much of a smell but certainly is beautiful.
Bottom photo is a pink lilac called "James MacFarland". It has little scent and blooms late. Yep, mark them down as lilaceous!