Lilac Time!

Come celebrate Lilac Time 2014.

Hi Friends!

It’s Lilac time in the Midwest!  Our cool, rainy Spring brought a few hours of sunshine this week. So, I knew it was the perfect time to visit one of my favorite places ~ Lilacia Park! This little gem of a park is the home to over 700 Lilacs and 25,000 Tulips. During mid-May, the park is at its blooming best!

Lilacia Park is an 8.5 acre horticultural gem, just steps away from downtown Lombard, Illinois.

Lilacia Park is an 8.5 acre horticultural treasure, just steps away from downtown Lombard, Illinois.

All I needed was a jacket and my camera! Lots of other visitors had the very same idea. There were toddlers, just as tall the as tulips, wandering through the flowers. Two preschoolers danced along the park paths singing, “Oh, I love nature!” ♬  I couldn’t resist joining in with a group of kindergarteners on a class Nature Walk, as they sniffed the Lilacs. (Once a teacher, always a teacher!♡)  There were small groups of gardening experts studying the abundant variety of plants. We had all come for the same reasons… the heavenly colors and scent of Lilacs!

Today, let’s visit Lilacia Park together. Feel free to bring a cup of tea for our walk through the park…

'Abraham Lincoln'

Syringa vulgaris ‘Abraham Lincoln’


Syringa vulgaris ‘Alba’

The lovely scent of Lilacs are simply intoxicating!  The Tulip beds, planted last Autumn, are also at their prime this week.

'Prairie Fire' Crabapple blossoms highlight the river of Tulips flowing along the walking path.

‘Prairie Fire’ Crabapple blossoms highlight the river of Tulips flowing along our walking path.

What a breathtaking sight to behold!


‘Martha Stewart’ in the midst of a sea of pink and white Tulips


Allium in various stages of bloom


Syringa x hyacinthiflora ‘Pocahontas’

The Tulips were as eye-catching as the Lilacs in bloom!

The Tulips are as eye-catching as the Lilacs this week!

Tulips 'Sun Lover'

Tulips ‘Sun Lover’

Tulips waving in the gentle breeze.

Tulips waving in the gentle breeze.

There are many other Springtime treasures to admire along the way…

Daffodils 'Tahiti'

Daffodils ‘Tahiti’

Fritillaria imperialis with its stunning blooms

Fritillaria imperialis, with its stunning blooms


Syringa vulgaris 'Macrostachya'

Syringa vulgaris ‘Macrostachya’

Syringa x persica

Syringa x persica

'Green Wave' Parrot Tulip

‘Green Wave’ Parrot Tulip

Syringa vulgaris 'Primrose'

Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’

Groupings of Lilacs in stunning colors are everywhere.




So much color inspiration! We are planning to plant three small Lilacs in our yard this year, to celebrate the fond memories of  the Lilacs that surrounded my husband’s childhood home. I can just imagine an antique enamelware pitcher, overflowing with purple, pink, and white Lilacs, on the front porch. Next Spring, we hope to celebrate Lilac Time right here ~ at our little ‘Home Sweet Home!’

It was delightful to stroll through Lilacia Park together. I’m so happy that you could come along!

Wishing you colorful, fragrant Springtime days!

♡ Dawn

P.S.  What flowers remind you of your childhood home?


6 thoughts on “Lilac Time!

  1. Good Morning! I was browsing comments on Susan Branch’s blog and saw that you had a new blog – popped over to take a look. Lilacs!! I love lilacs! On Mother’s Day, I dug up two tiny starts from my mom’s old, old lilac. I am so hoping they grow. Lilacs, rhododendrons and iris remind me of my childhood home.

    • Hi Barbara! I’m so happy that you came to visit! Your gardens on the island look so colorful! You are so fortunate to have your own greenhouse to start seedlings. I hope the Lilacs from your mom’s garden will be happy in your garden! My mom had a beautiful rose garden when I was little, but I’ve never been brave enough to grow roses. I just love old fashioned cottage gardens! Hope you can come visit often. We can walk through the garden together. Kindred spirits! ♡

  2. Hello dear…..Spring flowers are my favorite of all flowers, I think. Violets, lilacs, tulips, daffodils, bluebells, snowdrops, lily-of-the-valley. They are so beautiful in color and scent but last for such a short time. We really need to be able to appreciate them while they’re here! Love this beautiful tour of Lilacia Park! Never heard of it! Must have been heaven to walk through! We don’t have lilacs blooming here yet. Tulips, daffodils and muscari and going strong. The rest will be here soon as the weather is warming up a bit! So glad I get to enjoy the lilacs twice now, thanks to your beautiful blog! xo

    • Hi Karen! Each Spring flower feels like a small miracle after such a long winter. It’s such fun to watch the garden changing day by day in the Springtime. It won’t be long until your Northern garden is just bursting with color! Wishing you happy days in the garden! ♡

  3. Gorgeous photos! I hope I get to visit Lilacia Park someday. Tulips remind me of my childhood home (which I still live in haha). Every spring they’re the first flowers that bloom in the front yard.

    • Hi Chris! I think it’s wonderful that you still live in your family home! Soak up all of the small moments and cherished memories that your home holds. Some of the tulips in my garden have been blooming each year for almost 30 years! Tulips are such a cheery Springtime gift! Thanks for visiting, Chris! Hope you will stop by often to watch our garden grow! ♡

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