Persian Lilacs and flagstone walkways at Fair Lane Estate. #Wordless Wednesday #I wish I could make this a “scratch and sniff” post!

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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81 Responses to Persian Lilacs and flagstone walkways at Fair Lane Estate. #Wordless Wednesday #I wish I could make this a “scratch and sniff” post!

  1. peggy says:

    I wish this was a scratch and sniff post – I love lilacs. Great pictures Linda.

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  2. bekitschig says:

    Beautiful! AND bird-free 🙂

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  3. Zazzy says:

    Oh, what a lovely place to walk and sit and breathe during full bloom.

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  4. I wish you could make this a ‘scratch and sniff’ post, too! 💜 Lilacs smell so sweet and delightful. Oh, to walk down that fragrant path…

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      At first I was going to look on Pinterest and see if there was a scratch-and-sniff sticker made up for lilacs and put it in the post, then decided against it and to keep the post purely natural. You can buy the special paints to create your own scents, mostly fruit or bubblegum scents, mostly for kids. Lilacs sure are fragrant when in full bloom. I imagine due to our cold weather, the Fair Lane lilacs are not out yet. Mine are not even in bud yet. I like how they have the flagstone path to walk down – it seems to make it cozier.

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  5. love lilacs! With they would bloom longer or more often.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know – they are like magnolias – out a day or two, then poof, all scattered on the ground. We have another hard freeze tonight, so people are scrambling to cover their tender shoots again tonight and I hope the flowering trees don’t bite the dust!

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  6. Wow, what gorgeous displays of lilacs, Linda! I bet they smell amazing. Spokane is dubbed “Lilac city” and I really need to get a few sprigs to plant for myself. It’s still in the 30s F at night so I’m hesitant to plant much yet!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      How interesting Spokane is dubbed “Lilac city” and you are also lucky to see these beautiful flowers Terri. We have no buds out at all due the cold weather which is like yours. I’d wait a little longer to plant anything there; people are scrambling to cover their flowers and blooming shrubs as we’re having another hard freeze tonight.

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  7. Anne says:

    How very beautiful. What would explain the absence of birds in this garden?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I don’t know Anne – I wish there was someone to ask. I reached out to ask a question on their Facebook site to determine peak time for the lilacs and never got an answer, so don’t know whom I should ask, but I find it odd. Just some butterflies and bees. I’m sure the Estate was teeming with birds when Mr. Ford had his 500 birdhouses up.

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  8. I’ve often wondered what would happen If one could sleep amongst flowers? Sleeping in a orchard when It’s blooming!

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  9. Laurie says:

    Lilacs have always been a favorite flower. They remind me of my mom (they were “her” flower). I used to cut an armful of lilacs and bring them in the house each spring, but I can’t anymore. I have developed allergies. I have to content myself with admiring them and smelling them outside!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They have a beautiful scent and it fills the house with the smell within minutes. I no longer bring any into the house – they are not as plentiful as they once were. We had a wedding shower at work for a co-worker in the Spring and I decided to bring in a bucket of freshly cut lilacs to put in vases around the conference room where the shower was being held. I did that in the morning and when we had the shower at noon, the smell was so strong, we had to take some of the bouquets into the hallway as it bothered some of the girls with the intense scent.

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  10. Joni says:

    Gorgeous Linda……makes me wish it was May and mine were out. They will be those old-fashioned heirloom “common” lilac bushes, which are hard to find in a nursery, as what they now label a “common” lilac does not live more than ten years in my experience and the smell is not the same. We had those old fragrant ones on the farm, surrounding the house and those bushes were over sixty years old. Looking forward to the rose blog too.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      The smell from the lilacs in the yard was quite strong as I recall. Your lilacs were older, stronger and I’ll bet less maintenance. I never remember my father trimming the lilac trees- one is dark purple and other light, almost white. I planted a Little Miss Kim lilac bush in the backyard in the mid-90s and it never once bloomed until last year! It had no smell. I thought of you yesterday as I saw lavender trees and plants at Meijer. Couldn’t smell them through my mask.

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  11. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. I can almost smell the scent here. Almost.

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  12. Rebecca says:

    What a nice bench to sit on and path to walk on to enjoy all the beautiful lilacs. 🙂

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  13. There is a miniature lilac in my yard! I love it and, oh, those aromas!!! 😁

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I bought a miniature Little Miss Kim in the mid-90s and it finally bloomed last year! So I’m curious if it will bloom again this year. My lilac trees are old and don’t bloom like they once do. They need a good cutting back and I should do that this year after they bloom. I love the aroma of lilacs.

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  14. Prior... says:

    your lilac photos have so much diversity and flowed like a story here, Linda

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Yvette – I appreciate you saying that.

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      • Prior... says:

        I do see lilacs very often around here!
        Did I mention that our first house in Denver had a Gardener live there before we moved in.
        Well after killing most of the backyard stuff (she should have left a map of bulbs and what was where) well the grass was nice and green but her perimeter of bulbs didn’t make it (two dogs)
        However – one lilac shrub emerged along the back fence! It bright such soft beauty and I was glad it found a way to thrive on its own

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I just looked at my lilacs when I came home from walking – nothing out yet, but it’s been so cold this week. I’m glad they didn’t open last weekend with that fluke heat wave as the we almost broke a record for cold and the hard freeze would have gotten them for sure. You were blessed with that lilac shrub. My father ordered tulip bulbs from Holland right after we moved here in 1966 and planted them that Fall. When he did yard clean-up in the Spring he found half-chewed bulbs all over the yard – squirrels. Except they missed one tulip which came up year after year under a tree. The tree was cut down due to carpenter ants and when they removed the roots, they took that final tulip bulb with it.

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      • Prior... says:

        wow – that one tulip that kept coming up must have been pure joy.
        sad that it left when the tree had to be taken out.
        and my lilac shrub was really appreciated more in hindsight.
        Like at the time I really delighted in it – but years later I see the gift it was along that cold chain link fence and all that –
        also, hope your lilacs do all this year – when the time is right

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m looking forward to seeing if the Little Miss Kim blooms again – last year, the first time in nearly three decades!

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      • Prior... says:

        🌸🌸🌸🌸😊

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  15. Beautiful lilac garden! Mine are just about to bloom and their fragrance is heavenly. Happy Spring, Linda! 🙋‍♀️

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it is such a heady smell Sabine – back at you. We had sunshine today even though it was very cold. Sun makes all the difference in the world!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Sabine – I think you are an expert with your lilacs. I remember your posts from awhile back and they were gorgeous. A fellow blogger, Joni and I are wondering your method for pruning the lilacs, when, how … if you have a minute. Neither of ours are out right now (Joni lives in Ontario). I sent Joni a link to a “Birds and Blooms” article I saw on their Facebook page but I told Joni I’d ask you. I have not trimmed my lilacs in several years. Thank you in advance for your help. P.S. – I just heard your state has the bird flu for the first time since 2015.

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      • Linda, thanks for the lilac expert compliment! I prune/trim all the flowers off after they are finished blooming. I also cut out any dead and crossing branches. If your lilac needs more thorough pruning you can cut back about a third of the branches to help shape the bush and keep the interior open. Of all the things I’ve tried, this works the best. New flowers are formed right after the old blossoms are finished, so if you were to prune in the fall you most likely wouldn’t get any flowers the following year. Last year I was super diligent about it and this year I have about twice as many flowers booming. The same technique goes for forsythia and camellias. I hope this helps! I can always do a post on pruning sometime in the not too distant future if you like. I’ll send an email later to catch up!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you Sabine – I will refer Joni to this comment. I appreciate it. I sent Joni the link to one of your lilac posts from last year or 2020. I follow “Birds and Blooms” on Facebook and in this post’s comments, I sent Joni a link I saw the other day, but it was not clear. You could hold yourself out as an expert with taking care of lilacs. Today, I intended to stay offline until tonight – I already had my Mother’s Day post done last week. But I went to the Park this morning and there were three sets of gosling, all different sizes, so I ended up taking pictures of them … wanted to see how they turned out, even though tomorrow’s post is about goslings. I don’t think there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to goslings. This pit stop to look at pictures halted my housework plans though. Thank you again Sabine.

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      • I know the feeling of trying to reduce online time, Linda! 😉 It’s been super wet here (wettest April in PDX history) and May doesn’t look much better so far. I’ll get out with my pruners and take some pictures of where to trim. Goslings are fun to watch! I look forward to reading your post. 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you very much Sabine – I appreciate it. I have let my lilacs go as I’ve not had too many the last few years. My neighbor’s wisteria vine kept choking them and I had to unwind or untangle it from the lilac branches. The other tree, a darker variety, has something from a neighbor’s yard that I can’t reach. Last year, my Little Miss Kim bloomed for the first time since 1995. I did intend to have two days to work in the house. My car is in the shop getting the A/C fixed and so no car, but no problem, I just went to Council Point Park. I had the camera, but told myself … walk, feed your furry and feathered friends, then come home … not going out at all would have been better, but I didn’t want to do that, so three sets of goslings, well … I couldn’t resist. Now to look at pictures and see how they turned out. I need to catch up in Reader tonight as I am 4 1/2 days behind. My Mother’s Day post is all about goslings, so I really hesitated to devote another post to them – maybe a Wordless Wednesday to avoid “gosling overload”. 🙂

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  16. I wish it was scratch and sniff too – I love the smell of lilacs. Ours are just starting to show buds. Way too cold for them to burst into spring here in WI!

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  18. Dave says:

    The first photo and the one of the walkway look like paintings. Simply beautiful.

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  19. Beautiful flowers! I don’t think lilacs grow around here… or maybe I just don’t recognize them. I’d love to sit on that wooden bench and be surrounded by that scent.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      They do not last long either Janis – maybe a week’s time, two weeks at the most if you don’t have any wind or rain pelting them. Well we don’t have those wonderful-smelling lemon trees here so I guess we are even. 🙂 I purposely chose that header image as it looked so peaceful with the bench surrounded by lilacs – what a location to while away the time.

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  20. trumstravels says:

    I do love lilacs, we have a bunch across the back of our yard but they aren’t out yet. Hopefully soon!

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  21. Beautiful flowers! And again your post title is so much like you…witty.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Esther – for tomorrow’s Wordless Wednesday I tried to be witty too and hope the joke does not fall flat. 🙂 They were beautiful and not all the lilacs were in bloom yet. We had a weird Spring in 2021 too and I was told by the guard in 2019 to try and go mid-May and that would be peak.

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  22. Love my lilac bush. This just reminded me to check and see if I have flowers on mine yet. It would be a great scratch and sniff picture!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Lilacs are so timeless aren’t they? I have two lilac trees and they are sparse now, especially the dark lilac tree. I have to prune them. They are not even in bud yet.

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