“Now that lilacs are in bloom. She has a bowl of lilacs in her room.” – T.S. Eliot
One of my favorite flowers is the lilac. Where I live, in Minnesota, it typically blooms in May or early June. It is a tough plant that produces a lovely flower, with a beautiful scent, but, unfortunately it doesn’t bloom long.
Throughout history flowers have been considered to be a language of their own. Many countries throughout Europe and Asia have given flowers a specific meaning. Nearly every sentiment imaginable can be expressed with flowers.
Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. In the Victorian era flower were used to deliver messages that could not be spoken aloud. Plants could express positive or negative feelings, and how the flowers were presented could also relay a message. For example, if the flowers were given upside down, they conveyed the opposite meaning of what was typically meant.
What meaning does the lilac have? Because they are early bloomers, lilacs are often a symbol of spring, renewal and confidence. The Celtics thought lilacs were magical because they have such a sweet scent. They were a symbol of “old love” during the Victorian age. Russians believed lilacs held over a newborn baby would bring the child wisdom.
The color of the lilacs matters in terms of its meaning. For example, a white lilac represents purity and innocence, while a purple lilac represents spirituality. Magenta lilacs symbolize love and passion.
Life is precious, capture its beauty. I am lucky to have a loving family, and wonderful friends. Like everyone, I have good days and bad days, happy days and sad days, patient days and crabby days, beautiful days and ugly days, etc. I try to “hold the bright side up” as much as I can because it makes me feel better, and I think it helps others feel better too. I am so far from perfect, but I try to be kind and respectful. I truly believe that life is precious and that there are so many extraordinary ordinary people and moments in life. I want to share and celebrate the “extraordinary ordinary” through my writing and photography. Please check out my photos at Fine Art America Photography https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/35-laura-smith; at Adobe Stock at https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/207669601/Laura%20Jean%20Smith or at Shutterstock https://www.shutterstock.com/g/LauraJSmith. Perhaps you will find something you would like to have as your own?
3 comments on “Flowerful Meanings: Lilacs”
Gorgeous flowers! Lovely photos.🪴🌹
You’re most welcome. 👍