Our lilac bush is just beginning to bloom! I love the color and scent of lilacs. I also love Pasque flowers (the South Dakota state flower) and tulips. The Pasque flower photo was taken by my cousin’s wife, Debra Quist.
I decided to consult Wikipedia and E-How to learn a little more about this fragrant flower. I discovered that there are over 20 species of lilacs, and that the lilac bush is actually part of the olive family. Lilacs are used in aromatherapy, because the scent is considered to be soothing and calming. Herbalists use lilac tea as a tonic, and to treatment for parasitic intestinal worms, kidney disease, and malaria.
The lilac is also the state flower of New Hampshire, a state near and dear to my heart because my son Tim and his family live there. I’ll be visiting them April 27-30, 2012. I love New Hampshire’s state flower almost as much as their state motto: Live Free or Die.
While browsing on Etsy, I found several varieties of handmade lilac soap. Perhaps I’ll buy some as a little reward to myself when I hit 200 Etsy sales, so I can savor the scent after the blooms have faded.
Do you have a favorite Spring flower?
LeAnn aka pasqueflower