Driving up 27 on our way back from Charleston, I saw some of the most massive lilacs shrubs I have ever seen in my life. Huge old bushes on old farms, easily 12' tall (or taller) and all laden with blooms. I began to get nervous, though, fearing that the recent heat would have already put them past their prime when I returned home from down South. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers (I know I say that a lot, but the order of favorites is peonies, daffodils, lilacs, muscari, and hydrangeas. Oh, and lily-of-the-valley. And cosmos. And allium. Oh, and roses and tulips and hyacinths and Oriental lilies and sunflowers) and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to have any for the Penthouse this year. Thankfully, I was wrong. I went to my "secret" lilac place and brought home a big bucketful.
|My secret spot-Maria's backyard. Such gorgeous lilacs!|
|I brought these home and went to work arranging them.|
|This one is glazed terracotta, and is watertight on the inside so I just filled it with water.|
|You don't really have to do much arranging with lilacs, you can just sort of shove them into the vessel.|
|These two big bunches (the one in the living room and this one in the dining room) completely filled the Penthouse with their sweet scent. Alas, cut lilacs last only a few days, and they will probably be spent by Friday at the latest.|