Tuesday, May 30, 2006

From the Garden

JBelle

Bellemaison

The 'Kan EWA

13 comments:

curtcon said...

I love lilacs but I love lilac scented air more.

We have this monstrous row of lilac bushes running along a chain link fence which separates our smaller theater from St John's rectory...Every year late spring when the lilacs blossom I remind myself that I should prune it down a few feet come autumn (they have to be 15' tall) to spur fuller growth.

Every autumn I forget to do that. 7 years of lilac alzheimers.

jb3ll3 said...

Lilac Alzheimers! Gotta be one of the best kinds! What color are they?

The lilacs here are miniatures, Koreans; they stand about as tall as me, maybe a little taller (5'8") because they are currently quite happy with their space at Bellemaison. They are small, tiny-flowered plants but with uber fragrance. omg. Fragrance that will blow your doors off. Fragrance that will never let you go back to regular lilacs again. Cuz they are just not the same. Koreans. They sneak up on ya.

The ferns are just unrolling now too. I absolutely love them this time of year. That funny look glob of pineneedles and leaves is guess what? a terrific robin's nest in the climbing hydrangea. And this mother is tough, too. The Chows had murmured something about some leasehold improvements in the hydrangea garden so I tip toed over there to see what was up and she blew out of that nest, screeching, mach 7. Flew past me not more than 6 inches from my eye, beak up, lungs bursting. So I snapped my picture and got the hell out of there. Maybe it was my imagination but I definitely thought I heard the Chows snickering as I beat a hasty retreat out the gate....

Pixie said...

...we have cactus...?

*wink*

{waving at J'Belle, Curt & Wendalina Jolie}

jb3ll3 said...

blooming cactus? utterly exquisite. nothing like it. (the cactus AND the Pix)

Wendo said...

Ohhhh...how lovely that description of Korean lilac sounds. Now I'm going to have to check out a garden store to see and know how beauty smells firsthand. An adventure, oooo...

/waving back to Shelleigh and slipping a sprig of lilac behind her right ear

curtcon said...

Our lilacs are umuricun.

**spit

These lilacs are exactly the same color as yours in your picture. For the most part the ones in the NE are that umm lilac color, a pure white and then everyonce in a while you see a pink. They get pretty big and gnarly if left untended. My best friend, Tom has one that is probably 20' tall, main trunk being 4-5" round.

I should prune his too...lolol.

jb3ll3 said...

oh forgive me Curt. I think it's

umuricun

*spit

big snuff up/scratch butt


hate to be a know-it-all, but...

jb3ll3 said...

You know, this whole Korean lilac conversation remembers me that I have half a dozen big pots of Korean lilacs that I schlep up to the front porch, to smell while I drink coffee. Wonder where those are? Chooooowwwwws?

curtcon said...

well yeah ya snuff up n scratch yer butt

sheesh

Did you ever make lilac water for your mom? We used to do that when we were kids. For the life of me I can't remember the recipe but I do remember we used witch hazel.

Pixie said...

I honestly don't think I have EVER seen a lilac... let alone smelled one... LET ALONE had a sprig placed behind my ear!!!!!!

I will stay in this garden for awhile... healing to my very core.

*muah*

jb3ll3 said...

Lilac water?! Never did make it but would love to know how so as to send some to Shell. Shakespeare wrote often about cowslips and lilacs, Shell, and their regenerative powers. Would that I could make a lilac forest materialize in Arizona at this very moment, I would. Curt, ever used rose water?

curtcon said...

JBelle,

Well I remember getting lilacs and slow cooking them in witch hazel. That drew the fragrance out of the flower. Then we put a couple of blossoms in a small clear bottle and poured some of it in the bottle and topped it with water and let it set...

Now, what for the life of me I can't remember was how much in what qty's to make it ummmmm..good lilac water. Guess it would be fun to fool around with it.

Shell,

Next year when the lilacs are in full bloom just before dusk, I'll send you a bunch priority...You would have em in less than 12 hours. Fed Ex rocks.
Amaze your friends and co-workers by being the only person in AZ with fresh lilac behind your ear.

jb3ll3 said...

Curt, that sounds intriguing.lilac water . And not so hard, either. hmmmm.