#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Daffodils in the Lilac City

Spokane is called the Lilac City for a very good reason–soon, we’ll be absolutely swamped with the purple, white or sometimes pink blossoms, and the scent is as heavenly as the sight.  We love them so much, as a community, that we throw a parade to celebrate, and elect a Lilac Queen and court!

I have two bushes growing in my yard, one purple, one white.  I love to display them on the kitchen table, in either a Mason jar or a pitcher with a few strategic chips, for that shabby chic/country French look.  :)  Though their season is too brief to suit me, like peonies, we have them in profusion for a while, and that is a glorious time.   

The daffodils are budding out, too–YES!  Very soon, I’ll be reporting that they’ve bloomed.  I don’t think the tulips are far behind, and touring the yard this morning, I noted new growth on the lilac bushes, the roses, and the peonies, as well.  Jeremy has moved some of the seedlings from the grow-light shelves in the garage to the teeny-tiny greenhouse out between the barn and the shop, and I’m looking forward to planting them, though of course it’s still way too early.  Around here, Mother’s Day weekend seems to be the ideal time for setting out plants.  When I think of those tomatoes, my mouth waters.  :)

One of you suggested I offer some of my soaps as contest prizes–I’d love to do that!  I’ll have to check out the legal side, though.  Make sure I wouldn’t get into trouble if someone turned out to be allergic.  Yikes.  Modern life is complicated, isn’t it?  Speaking of that, the renovations continue–and who would have thought it would be so difficult to find a chrome faucet set, with sprayer, for my new bathtub?  I had to order online–ditto the chandelier for entry way.  But when the chandelier arrives and is installed (a whole OTHER kettle of fish), it will be so beautiful and such an improvement over the fixture there now.  (It’s too high to clean easily, and we’re down to one bulb.) Ergo, we’re putting longer cord on this one–let there be light!

Well, it’s a writing day, so I’d better stop chatting away and get back to work, my friends.

Thank you for being you.


15 comments to “Daffodils in the Lilac City”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Lilac’s….it snowed here in Vermont this morning! We’ve got a good eight more weeks before we will even think of putting plants in the ground! I can’t wait to smell lilacs, roses, etc.
    Ah…and picking fresh strawberries in June! Happy day Linda and all you fellow friends!

  2. Kristie Wilson
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I love the smell of lilacs! Here in middle Tennessee, spring is just beginning to awaken. I finally noticed the pale green of new leaves while taking my daughters to school this morning! Yea! I always cherish this time of year as it reminds me of God’s blessings and how even though everything “looks” dead and forgotten, each spring new growth reappears and it looks alive and healthy once again. I am so ready for warmer weather, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the opportunity to get away on a couple of weekend camping trips with my family.

    Andrea, there is a farm just north of us that we go to to pick strawberries in late May/early June. We can’t wait – I love fresh berries this time of year (getting some good one’s now from Florida!).

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

  3. Ida C
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 2:59 pm · Link

    It’s nice to hear about things budding out, or at least peeking out of the ground. We woke up this morning to 2″ of snow and a snow squall warning for our area. I think spring has forgotten us so far this year! :lol:

  4. Gloria
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Well Linda, my Daffodils, Jonquils, Buttercups, and the like are about gone, but I did notice, yesterday, that some of the trees are budding and today, even more of them. So, I should have a lot of green before long. It never ceases to amaze me how all of that is God’s plan and how it works.

    I have 3 very old roses, that my youngest son dug up from an old house place while I was digging up Jonquiles…with permission from the owner…and as the rose sprouts were just tiny things, I planted all three of them in a row, in very bad soil. My son said they’d never live. They’re still there and except for last year, they’re always in full bloom on Mother’s day. I’ve never done anything to help them grow.

    I do think they need some TLC about now, though. I’ve given hundreds of them away that I rooted. They are pale pink and pale yellow. When they bloom out, they look as if God just barely breathed color onto them as He strolled by, and they are BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Enjoy your blooms, and happy writing!

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Linda, i think you should be the Lilac Queen! I bet your place really smell great with all of these flowers around! I love flowers, but were we live now we don’t have any. The place i live at before i had to moved in with my daughter i had beautiful flowers
    the humming birds was around all the time. God bless each and everyone. Have a wonderful day that the Lord has made.
    Norma Stanforth

    • Gloria
        · April 3rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

      Norma, I’m sorry you had to leave your home and your flowers. Will this be a permanent move? If so, and you’re able, maybe you can have some potted flowers. If I lived close close, I’d come pot you some.

      Take care and be happy.

      • Gloria
          · April 3rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

        PS…When my youngest son had to sell his home for a loss, and relocate last week, I dug up some of the flowers and cut off some twigs from his 3 weeping willows, and am now trying to root those, and praying that the others wil live this summer in pots. Then, I’ll give them to him. It won’t take the place of the fruit trees and muscadines, or his chicken lot, but it will be something from there and it was all I was able to do.

  6. Crystal F
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Link

    I just Love the springtime! How beautiful God’s Creation is! Including You and Me!! :wink:

  7. Sherry Wallace
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I didn’t know Spokane was called Lilac City. Oh, lilacs bring back so many memories of my early years in Ohio. We had a huge lilac bush at the end of our yards by the alley. I loved it & remember that sweet fragrance. Haven’t seen any since we moved to MS when I was seven. Must be too hot &/or not cold enough here. You will love your Jonquils, as I did, & they last quite a while, but are just about gone now. I’ve planted some annuals already, like Portulaca. The “rule of thumb” down here is it’s safe to start planting after Easter. However, you still take a chance in North MS when there’s an early Easter like this year. My Easter Lilies are coming up, but don’t bloom until May :-/.
    Blessings to all,

  8. Sherry Wallace
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Kristy Wilson, I used to live in middle TN, Fayetteville in fact. Loved it there & so many gorgeous scenes in the mountains :). I may plant strawberries this year. I’ll see how my blackberry bushes produce first. I dug them out of my horse’s pasture HA!!

    • Kristie Wilson
        · April 3rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Link

      Sherry, we live in Goodlettsville (just north of Nashville) and we love it here, too. We’ve lived in this area all our lives and although I’d love to visit other areas of the country, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Good luck with the blackberries!

  9. Melissa
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm · Link

    We’ll be in Spokane for my daughter’s graduation from Gonzaga and wedding during the Lilac festival. It’s too hot in Florida for lilacs so I’ll be thrilled to see them. My daughter even included them in my corsage for the wedding.

  10. kathy copeland
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I do love spring.I have lilacs too and have always loved them.But my favorite by far is peonies and roses.I try to add more little by little to my yard.
    Your soap sounds wonderful.I have never made any, but it sounds like great fun.
    Spring always seems like such a blessing when everything is in bloom.Love it love it.

  11. Ida C
      · April 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm · Link

    Thank You So Much!! I received my lovely book today and a beautiful necklace and want to say thanks so much for this wonderful surprise. The contest was fun and winning was great too. I love your messages and the inspiration I get from you. Thanks again! :wink:

    • linda
        · April 3rd, 2013 at 1:45 pm · Link

      You’re welcome, Ida. Enjoy!

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