Twenty-five years ago my mother-in-law gave us starts from the lilacs at her home. Each start grew in our garden and now we have a long row of beautiful lilacs. But, after so much time, they are very tall and most of the blossoms bloom at the top! Clipping them for an arrangement is quite a challenge, but with a long stretch, a few can be gathered for a pretty centerpiece. Walking under the lilac trees is a fragrant experience, and although most of the blossoms cannot be reached, the walk is worth the experience for its sensory effect on the nostrils! Lilac season passes by quickly --- so if you have lilacs blooming nearby --- enjoy them while you can!