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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



Travel Theme: Blossom

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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The Lilacs of Lombard

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.