Weekly Photo Challenge – Place in the World

Ever since I was a little kid, growing up in post World War II London, I have loved gardens. We didn’t have a garden of our own until I was seven years old but some of my earliest memories are of playing in my great-aunt’s garden and visiting my grandma’s house in Hackney.

One of the things that stands out in my mind from those early days is the heady perfume of the flowers; roses in the rain and the gorgeous scent of lilac blossoms, which is why, every year when May comes around, I head to Lombard for the Lilac Festival. I may never be able to go home again but visiting Lilacia Park at lilac time is probably the next best thing.

The timing of a visit to Lombard is everything and, although I was a bit too early to catch all the lilacs in full bloom this year, I was able to see the accompanying tulips at their best. They always have an interesting variety of these spring flowers at the park, with names such as Yellow Pomponette, Copper Image, Orange Princess and  Dream Touch.

Of course, the lilacs are the stars of the show and their heavenly scent made me feel nostalgic, thinking of Mum and how she loved to visit Lombard in May, both of us missing home and remembering the long-ago days of lilacs, primroses and bluebells in the wood.

A beautiful garden will always lift my spirits though, and with the sun shining, making the colors come alive, I quickly set about capturing these images. I guess you could say that a garden is my most favorite place in the world, no matter where we are.

For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Place in the World


24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Place in the World

  1. Appears that we are birds of the same feather Sue due to our love of flowers! Love the lilacs; I can smell them from here!

  2. Absolutely fantastic photos and words. I can smell those beautiful lilacs through your photos. Thank you for sharing. Love the black and white photos too.

  3. Pingback: Place in the World – Art Work | What's (in) the Picture?

  4. Wow! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! The colors are amazing and your right, the garden does lift your spirits and is my favorite place also!

  5. I was thrilled to see lilacs in bloom yesterday when I went south to Illinois for my daughter’s graduation. Wisconsin can only be a few weeks behind. Soon I will smell that favorite perfume!

    • Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation! There’s nothing quite like the scent of lilacs and is recognizable as soon as we go out in the garden. I hope you get to enjoy them soon.

  6. thank you for this. Lilacs are my favorite and a reminder of my mom. She always calls and lets me know how good it smells when they are blooming. We can’t grown them (or tulips) in the low desert of Arizona. So refreshing. thanks again Sue. The presentation of your photos is a treat too. Happy Spring. Looks like perfect bloom season for the Royal Wedding.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.