My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
— Louise Driscoll
in early June
Often a purple patch or two is tacked on to a serious work of high promise,
to give an effect of colour.
Recalled from my Minnesota childhood, the sense memory of the heavenly perfume of lilac bushes haunts me as we arrive in the months of May and June. My eyes are drawn to all the shades of purple... violet, lavender, iris, lilac, amethyst. If these beauties could just grow in Austin, God's universe would be perfect. That must be how we came to plant in purple.
Gardens are a form
— Sydney Eddison
I am thinking of the lilac-trees,
That shook their purple plumes,
And when the sash was open,
Shed fragrance through the room.
— Anna S. Stephens
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God cares about.
But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
— Alice Walker,
from The Color Purple
He sometimes ran a purple ribbon through his typewriter and gushed where he should have dammed. — T. E. Kalem
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams are as beautiful.
— Abram L. Urban
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul.
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Live your life in such a way that when you die, all those who found value in who you were would immediately notice the empty spot where you once stood. Do it in such a way that, like the scent of the lilacs in spring, you will never be forgotten.
Longing for Lilacs
colors and scents of memory
If you haven't smelled a lilac,
you haven't breathed the spring air.