Lilacs

Roses, peonies, violets, hydrangeas; all very sweet and old fashioned. But there is only one spot in a girl's heart for the favorite flower, the dream flower that the boy is supposed to present you on bended knee (without ever being prompted).

Those flowers, for me, are lilacs.

Brooklyn's lilacs are blooming and I could just about die of happiness.

The smell! The different colors! All those little flowers combined!

I think the obsession started with reading Nancy Drew's adventure "The Mystery at Lilac Inn". Stolen lilac trees and ghosts? Yes ma'am.

My favorite bedroom at Elmwood has the most achingly beautiful antique lilac wallpaper, too. I used to stare at it for hours, it was so pretty my older sister pulled rank to sleep there and rightly so. That's the joy of being an older sister, I guess.

When I was little my mom's fancy, special occasion stationary was embossed with lilacs and I think we dabbed it with lilac perfume. They're in my blood, I can't help it.

Fresh off the bus from the botanic garden, I ran to the corner store and blew my budget on some for the house.

The lovely and amazingly talented food photographer Kristi Schiffman came over this afternoon and we did a little bit of shooting; lilacs and Butter Lane cupcakes (plus some liberty fabric). It's good to be a girl.






Kristi is so talented, shooting with her is such a treat. Thursdays are something I always look forward to.

Even when styling doesn't involve taking little bites of cupcakes.

21 comments:

  1. Lilacs are my favorite too (just shot a tabletop with them yesterday!). I think it has something to do with my New Hampshire childhood. I love your styling!! Lilacs + Liberty... could it get any better??

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  2. I so want to plant a lilac tree in my yard. My lilac fantasies come from my New Hampshire childhood too. I remember picking them for my teacher on the way to school.

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  3. BOTH of you amazing girls grew up in New Hampshire? Now I know why I love the both of you so much!

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  4. All very nice pictures, and delicious cakes!

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  5. awww you dear have made my so far melancholic day with your flowers! ! They look so beautiful! and the chocolate sweets here!!! they look as if theyre taken out of a fairy tale! ! ! love it !

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  6. LOVE the scent of lilacs and I hear so many people including my mom talk about how they associate it with childhood memories. We didn't have any around when I was growing up but we did have a bush in the backyard of my previous home which I am now missing. Will have to plant some in the new yard.

    Also, I think I only read like three Nancy Drew books as a kid and that was one of them and the only one I actually remember.

    P.S. There is a little package making it's way to you :)

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  7. Wow...love the lilac flowers! I like all kinds of flower, any flower will do if my boyfriend buy me....

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  8. I feel EXACTLY the same about lilacs, they are my favorite, besides old english roses. I look forward every spring to letting myself splurge and buy a bunch, and I have a nice big bouquet sitting in my room right now! I watched "Magnificent Obsession" in class the other day, and there's a part where Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman are in Switzerland and Rock is buying enormous, heaping bouquets of the purplest lilacs ever for his blind true love. Ah!

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  9. I love this post!! I adore lilacs...my favourite flower in my mother's garden when I was a child and I have remained faithful to them ever since. Such a heady scent...but only from the real thing. Lotions, candles never come close to the real scent...it's the real thing or nothing for me. I only wish they lasted longer!!!

    And Nancy Drew?!? Loved all those books!!

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  10. Just seeing those lilacs against the background of pink and white stripes makes me swoon! So delicate and delicious with the charming cupcakes. I'm right there with you, bite for bite.

    Every single house we had growing up, your grandfather planted a lilac to grace a corner. I well remember him saying that every house needed one to make it a home. The lilac at The Mill must be 20 feet across now.
    I'm glad to see you inherited his gracious gardening genes!

    We have lilac's on our kitchen table now, too! SWEET syncronisity!

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  11. I am so glad to see lilac-obsession celebrated. I just posted a cool poem by Amy Lowell on them...cannot get enough...my spring ritual is to lie underneath one at BBG after smelling every different color...(gasp, swoon)...oh, the cupcakes rock, too; but choc + lilacs, too much for the senses!

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  12. Beautiful. Lilacs and cupcakes. It's like a dream :)

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  13. Many years ago, I lived adjacent to a lovely park in Rochester NY... Highland Park.. renowned for its lilacs and annual "Lilac Festival" A check on the internet about it revealed the interesting past of this famous historic arboretum... 1200 lilac bushes.. 500 varities... check it out... Thanks for reminding.. its May.. its lilac time

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  14. What beautiful photos. I adore the smell of lilacs. I think peonies and hydrangeas are my favourite flowers. I was given a hydrangea as a housewarming gift and I've nearly managed to kill it despite my best efforts. My fingers are not very green at all. Sob sob.

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  15. Lilac and cupcakes - well it doesn't get much better than this! t.x

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  16. How beautiful! I arrived here by searching for "old fashioned flowers like hydrangeas and lilacs"!

    Lilacs are also one of my favourites because they remind me of my grandmother. We've got white, pale purple and dark purple in our garden.

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  17. I just did a post on the Rochester, NY Lilac Festival Monday. Then it was off to Boston and Brimfield Mass, for some shopping and relaxing. I too, LOVE lilacs, and got some pretty nice pictures of the Rochester show ... hope you can stop by.

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  18. I had honestly never seen or smelt a lilac before working on a project last year and once I had, I was hooked. I found a sad little plant on clearance at the end of the season and planted it in our yard. It has grown so much and gave us two whole blooms. I can't wait for next year when it is bound to be much bigger with many more blooms for cutting.

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  19. lilacs smell like FANTASIA! love them so.

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  20. such beautiful photos! lilacs are my favorite flower too! i have a nice big bush right outside my window and i love opening it during spring and letting the scent float in. its the best. :)

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