Lilacs Make Me Smile-ack

June 16, 2011 | My Jottings

Our lilacs are in full bloom now, and Sara cut some last night and brought them in so their scent can fill the house. I can’t actually smell their scent filling the house — I can smell them when I put my nose right into the blooms — but I think it’s quite a romantic thought to have the scent of lilacs filling your house, don’t you?

When I got up this morning and saw the lilacs in the bathroom, kitchen and living room, I smiled. Then I thought I’d write a poem about how lilacs profoundly affect my everyday life.

Up on the mantel, lilacs really add some style-ack
All over the house, lilacs really make me smile-ack
I wouldn’t mind, if the lilacs were in pile-acks
To smell that purple scent, I might even walk a mile-ack

And if you’re worried about the costa
Try decorating with a bit of hosta

Then you can sit on your couch and look at the lilacs and hosta for a little while-ack.

(Please! Hold your applause….)

Fresh cut lilacs and maple leaves, placed in a test tube that’s wired to a poor little green bird’s neck in our downstairs bathroom


Lilacs and white Bleeding Hearts (I guess they bled to death) on our kitchen window sill


Lilacs and two of three hosta leaves in little beakers on our mantel


Do you ever bring fresh flowers or greenery into your house? What kind? Where do you put them? What are your favorite living things to decorate with?

Sara obviously likes to decorate with flowers since she’s a florist, and I truly appreciate that.

I, on the other hand, usually decorate with living Schnauzers. Nicely placed, they can add dimension and personality to any room.


  1. Ganeida says:

    I love lilac but it won’t grow here. We’re too far north & it’s too hot for lilac. I grow things inside. I have ivy in a hanging pot in my kitchen, ficus growing up my walls & across my ceiling & cooktown orchids sprouting in an old blue wine bottle. I don’t grow many flowers. Most of our yard is big trees but I will bring anything natural in: pebbles from the beach, shells, flowers, pretty pine cones….

  2. Just Julie says:

    It sounds like your home is a soothing place to be, Ganeida….

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    I did the very same with my lilacs when they were in bloom here about a month ago Julie. The whole house smelt wonderful! The other thing that I REALLY love at this time of year are bunches of poppies and cornflowers, which I can buy at the local farm. They don’t last long, so don’t cost very much, but I wait with such anticipation for them every year and get huge amounts of pleasure from them.

  4. Lilac Farm says:

    Oh how fun to read about your lilacs. Anne with an E would agree how romantic the scent would be.(Anne of Green Gables of course 🙂
    Here in the Finger lakes region of NY most of us near Rochester pronounce Lilac as liLOCK. I smile as I write to you of my confusion of your poem. I just couldn’t figure the ack out!! Anyhow, I’m glad you enjoy Lilacs, however you may say it! We here at Lilac Farm have over 70 planted and counting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You popped up on my Lilac Alert through Google. God Bless!
    Smile-ack 🙂

  5. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for visiting, Lilac friend! I have heard people say “Li-lock” – in California people called them that. Here in the Midwest most people say Li-lack – no wonder the poem seemed weird to you! I’m going to pop over to your site now – thank you for commenting.

  6. Jessica says:

    You seriously crack me up. I love that about you.

  7. Just Julie says:

    You are so easy to please, Jessica! 🙂

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