Lilacs aren’t the only attraction in Lilacia Park in Lombard at this time of year. The tulips certainly get their share of attention and deservedly so. Seeing all these beautiful flowers reminds me that it’s probably time to replace some of the tulip bulbs that are past their prime in my garden. I always find it hard to discard any plants that have done so well in the past (it feels rather like a betrayal) but I know those bulbs, that have long ceased to put out any flowers, will have to go. Time for some new stock and fresh color. Perhaps I’ll try a few of these.
This is another one of those trips that I try not to miss; my annual visit to see the lilacs of Lombard. Lombard is famous for its lilacs, well around here, anyway. They even have a Lilac Festival which lasts from about May 1st to 19th and includes a Lilac Ball, beer and wine tasting, tours of Lilacia Park and Historical tours as well as a Mutt Strut 5k race with or without your dog. But I’m not here for all that. I’m just here for the flowers.
As I walk through the Park, memories of my mother and my home back in England combined with the perfume of the lilacs almost makes me feel faint, the nostalgia is so overwhelming.
Of course there are other flowers here as well as the lilacs and I am green with envy when I see the gorgeous Crown Imperials. I have several in my garden but they rarely flower. I see several park employees dashing about the gardens but they are in the throes of the Lilac Time plant sale and will be far too busy to discuss my plants’ shortcomings I’m sure.
The trees are in blossom too and everything just seems to come together in one spectacular Spring display. It’s breathtaking!
This is also tulip time and there are masses of tulips in Lilacia Park but it’s the lilacs that reign supreme at this very special time of year.
It’s lilac time and that means a trip to Lilacia Park in Lombard, Illinois, so Pull Up A Seat and enjoy the view. More pictures to come in a later post.
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.
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I didn’t have to travel too many miles to find a fitting subject for Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/05/16/travel-theme-blossom/ which this week is Blossom.
Springtime is lilac time which means a trip to Lombard and Lilacia Park. Who would think that lilac came in so many different shades! And the perfume is just heavenly.
The lilac blossom reaches its peak of perfection in May which is when Lombard holds its annual Lilac Festival. More than 700 lilacs are in bloom in the park at this time of year, as well as a beautiful show of tulips (more of those in a future post.)
I didn’t stay for the parade as I had an important date with a lawn that needed mowing, but I spent a delightful hour or so walking around the park, sniffing appreciatively at the blossoms and enjoying the first sunny day that we’d had in quite a while.
Continuing with the lilac theme, whenever these flowers start to bloom in my garden I make a point of heading over to Lilacia Park in Lombard, Illinois. Lombard is famous for its lilacs, although one wonders about the advisability of holding a festival and parade centered around a blossom that is so short-lived, especially at such an unpredictable time of the year.
Because of the crazy weather we’ve had so far this spring, the flowers are already starting to turn brown and the parade is scheduled for May 20th which could possibly mean they may have to break out the silk flowers in order to celebrate “Lilac Time in Lombard.”
The lilac festival and parade has been held every year since 1930 but even if you aren’t able to get to the celebrations I highly recommend a visit to Lilacia Park to see the flowers. Despite everything being ahead of time this spring, it isn’t too late to enjoy the beauty and perfume of the lilacs.
Of course there is more to the park than just the lilacs. Right now there are still some daffodils in bloom and plenty of tulips. I’ve never been there at any other time of year but I’m sure there must be other flowers to see. (Note to self; I must go back in a few month’s time when the peonies are out.) Today there were numerous robins scratching about in the mulch looking for something tasty for breakfast and several glossy, black grackles were filling the air with their raucous calls.
This morning as I walked through the park I tried not to feel too maudlin. Last year I made this same annual pilgrimage, just 6 months after my mother had passed away, and cried all the way round. It was always one of her favorite outings and every year she would say, “I’m so glad I got to see this one more time.” Now I’m thinking the same thing.