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Old May 11, 2009, 9:55 AM   #1
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Through this past weekend onto next weekend is the Lilac Festival in Rochester NY. And of course the Lilac are blooming here, they are one of my favorite flowers, I love the scent they fill the air with. Although the weather wasn't particularly nice yesterday, we still packed up the kids and drove to Rochester to see the lilac and enjoy the festival.

These are from our own lilac in the front yard:



The rest of these are from the Festival in Rochester:







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And I make a rare appearance in front of the camera.

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Great shots Mike,But, what are poppies doing at a Lilac festival?
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Beautiful serie(s) Mike
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Great shots Mike,But, what are poppies doing at a Lilac festival?
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Not sure, but that was a big flower display around the one end of the park. There were a lot of folks standing around it so it was hard to get a decent picture.
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Wait a minute - I thought those were pansies, not poppies.

I also didn't realize that lilacs came in pink and white - the few that are around here are all purple. Looks like you had a great time, lots of pretty colors.
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Wait a minute - I thought those were pansies, not poppies.

I also didn't realize that lilacs came in pink and white - the few that are around here are all purple. Looks like you had a great time, lots of pretty colors.
Haha, I think you are right on that pansies. GW confused me there. There are actually quite a variety of colors for lilac, blue, purple, white, dark purple. But what I like the most is the smell. It was nice but the weather was a bit chilly so it was hard to really enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
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Beautiful, Mike, and it looks like your kids enjoyed the day too.
Definitely pansies, and the lilacs in my garden are purple, with a few white ones. I havent' got any pink ones, but I do think they are a more modern variety and have less of the scent. Generally speaking, older varietys have more of it (the ones you dig up in granny's overgrown garden...)

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In the 1960's , with a few friends, I would go from mid-Missouri to Middle-Canada to fish for wall-eye and Northern Pike. The lilacs would be blooming at some point along the trek North. When we passed thru towns in that zone the delightful fragrance was so pronounced you knew what caused it even before sighting the plants.
Yes, the medium -purple ones seem most fragrant. I suppose they are closest to the original stock. We have a little one growing in our yard, and it is blooming now. If it is any solace to you "Climate-Warming" theorists, I believe the lilacs bloom now about two weeks earlier than they did fifty years ago.
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Wonderful colours, all lovely shots.
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