Finally, the bloom synonymous with spring is here and our spectacular beauties will last the distance of time. All lilac lovers will know of that disappointing site of freshly picked lilac and its steady decline towards wilt. Of all the blooms in our spring collection my favourite is the lilac, especially when mass grouped and placed to gracefully fall as it does naturally. This flower really doesn’t need a companion but should you be looking for blooms to convey a fuller story, the peonies with their lovely rounded forms complete a simple yet elegant display.
Did you know that the lilac, was borrowed from the French and Spanish word of the same name. Similarly, the Arabic word for this flower is ‘lilak’ referring to the light purple color of its flowers.
Lilac meanings have diversified throughout the ages. Lilacs originated in Southeastern Europe and are a popular part of the Mediterranean culture. They are frequently associated with the Easter holiday, which occurs during the peak of blooming time.
Lilac meanings vary throughout different cultures and time periods.
The Celtics regarded the lilac as “magical” due to their incredibly intoxicating fragrance.
During the Victorian Age, the giving of a lilac was a symbolic reminder of an old love. Widows were often seen wearing lilacs during this period.
In Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over the newborn was thought to bring wisdom.
In the United States, the lilac is the official state flower of New Hampshire and is said to represent the hearty nature of the people.