November 21, 2017

Springtime Sweet

Syringa vulgaris - common lilac

Pineo Photo - Syringa vulgaris - common lilac

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

In late spring, one is always treated with the delight of Syringa vulgaris putting on a display statewide, perfuming the air with that singular scent of lilac. While the lilac shade is more common growing wild in Maine, a white version also exists. The common lilac is actually a European native and a member of the olive family. It is a deciduous shrub that over time can colonize an area by putting up suckers. Despite the fact that it is a European native, New Hampshire has named the common lilac its state flower because it “is symbolic of that hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State,” according to Wikipedia.