Not so vulgar

DAY 33 (8 MAY) – Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) (Farnham)

That charcoal wash was today’s sky. I rushed out to take this lilac just as the sun made a brief appearance.

I’ve always felt rather ambivalent about lilac. It reminds me of the worst toilet mats, Bronnley soaps and ladies’ swimming caps. And yet the real thing (apparently native to the Balkans) smells gorgeous and reminds me of my childhood. Three fragrant lilac bushes lined our garden path down towards the elms and jungle at the bottom where my friends and I had our den.

Despite the personal hygiene connotations, I think it deserves a better name than syringa vulgaris...

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