Lilac Envy


I live in Colorado.

Not the East coast.

Not the South.

English garden is a joke!

Water is a hot commodity and we have a schedule we have to follow to water.

  We even have water patrol. Serious.  He drives around making sure people are not wasting water.

So…my point is….when all of you gals are sharing gorgeous photos of your garden I am a little jealous. 

OK..sometimes I am a lot jealous.

One of my favorite flowers is the lilac.  It reminds me of growing up in Illinois.  We had a huge bush right outside the window over the kitchen sink.  Its amazing fragrance would fill the downstairs in the spring.

Lilac bushes were some of the first bushes we planted.

So, four years after planting them this is all they amount to so far. 


Did you just laugh?  That is rude!

Lets just say the fragrance is not filling any part of my home. 

Sometimes you have to cheat a little and that is were this comes into play…..



Aunt Sadie lilac candle!

It smells so wonderful.  It is actually like a lilac bush exploded in my kitchen….just what I was going for.

So there….all you gorgous garden girls.  I have a candle!!!!

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  1. rue

    Hi Jeanne πŸ™‚
    You are so funny! I live in Ohio and don’t have one at all, so I’m jealous of your little bush AND your candle! LOL
    Thank you so much for coming by πŸ™‚

  2. The Beautiful Life

    What a funny post!! Loved it!
    We have the “water enforcers” here in Florida, too… BIG TIME.
    I have a “black thumb” so whenever I wish I had a certain plant or flower around, I typically head to Michael’s or Joann’s and buy silk versions!
    Cute post, girlie!!

  3. mkg

    There are huge lilac bushes with the glory of their beauty and fragrance just waiting for you to enjoy – here in Illinois:)
    You make me smile:)

  4. elyse

    i love the scent of lilacs. we haven’t planted any (yet) so i’ve become sort of a lilac burglar — pulling off the road to grab a snip or 2 when i see ’em!

  5. heather

    We were visiting my brother-in-law in Denver last summer and that’s one thing I couldn’t love about Colorado: the lack of green everywhere except in the mountains. I think I offended my brother-in-law by going on and on about it, actually! ha. It was a shock to me. So I know what you mean since I’m from the Mid-West, in other words. But lilacs are pretty sweet smelling, aren’t they? πŸ™‚

  6. Jackie

    Oh, we have the water police here too – in Cali! I told the landscape guy what I wanted planted in the yard and he laughed and said “yeah, that’ll look good for about a day!” – nice! So, so far no plants, but we’re working on it…hopefully I can get at least SOMETHING I like in this climate – I envy all those midwest and east coast girls with their pretty gardens too!

  7. Rachel

    If you need a lilac ‘fix’, come over and see my big TREE!
    No, I wasn’t laughing at you, either.

  8. LuLu

    I’m missing the beach right now so I bought a candle called Beach Walk! feel better!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Chasity

    i only laughed a teeeny tiny bit πŸ™‚
    that candle will last a whole lot longer than those dumb lilac blooms anyway. {{does that help any?}}

  10. Elaine Power

    I know the feeling Jeanne Queensland (my part any how) was in a drought & we had to put in a big water tank so I could get to water my plants.I have since moved to the tropical north of Qld & we have been having loads of rain mind you we are coming into dry season.
    but some how those pesky weeds keep growing!!
    Enjoy the candle & don’t give up on the lilac bush πŸ™‚
    You made me laugh πŸ˜‰

  11. koralee

    You are so cute..lilacs are my favourite flower as well…and we have water police as well….they scare me….
    anyways stop by my blog..i have something waiting for you!!!

  12. Kara

    Why didn’t I know this existed? I’m so stoked to now stalk you!

  13. Firefly Hill

    I did not laugh at your lilac bush…because at least you have one! I dont have any and they grow like crazy around here…just never got around to planting one! I love the scent too…they are so beautiful and old fashioned.

  14. Tara

    HA! I don’t even have a lilac bush..and usually all my flowers have kicked the bucket a few months after I plant them, so you are doing GREAT in my book! I am envious of you! πŸ™‚

  15. Roberta

    It’s okay to cheat the senses once in a while Jeanne! I’m glad I’m not alone. I planted a lilac bush outside my kitchen window last year and I can’t wait until I can enjoy it while washing dishes. Don’t know what I was waiting for… I’ve been at the beach cottage for 10 years now! Oh well.
    So glad you enjoyed the magazine.
    xo Roberta

  16. Stephanie Nelson

    You have such a great sense of humor! It was so fun meeting you at Farm Chicks…(Im Lissa’s sister from Humble Pie)…I love lilacs too…and yes I did laugh (sorry) at the size of your lilac bush, cuz my moms lilac bushes are huge and amazing…But we don’t have to worry about water patrol men ;o)

  17. B

    You are funny! I am moving back to England in a few weeks and I’m sure that my garden won’t be a patch on your lilac bush; such is my green thumb.Or green fingers as we say in England ;O)

  18. Rebekah

    Oh – I want one! I love the smell of lilac and even if you have a big ol tree it never last long enough πŸ™‚

  19. Alyssa

    you crack me up. I think your wee lilac bush is very pretty – and tenacious! I do feel lucky to have lilacs surrounding our yard…you can always come back to Illinois πŸ™‚

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