Every year I always remark on how I must photograph the beautiful lilac when it’s out and then every year I seem to miss it as its time to bloom is so fleeting. One day the flowers are just peeking out, the next they’re turning brown. I started to spot some lovely lilac bushes in the streets around our house when I was out for a walk with Evie one afternoon in Mid May time. Even though I was still in the midst of my peony season photos, I made a note to pop back with my camera later that week and make sure I didn’t miss it this time. Even then I had to wander the roads all over town in search of the bushes that hadn’t yet started to turn and drop but I was so pleased I managed to capture some of the beauty of this flower before it retreated for another year.
Typically Lilac flowers around May/June time however there are different varieties that might pop out earlier/stick around longer. Technically a tree/shrub, the bushes can grow up to 20 feet and the flowers can be seen in lots of different hues from white through to dark pink and purple. The most common variety (and everyone’s favourite) has to be the bluey lilac Syringa vulgaris bush (not the prettiest name) which has become synonymous with late spring and early summer. With lilac bushes typically growing large and blooming plenty, it’s a foliage you can easily snip a few stems off of and bringing into the home in a large vase, without feeling guilty or ruining the overall beauty of the shrub.
The colour of this flower is its most defining feature, and of course the delicate way the tiny buds cluster together to form long bell shapes. So for this month’s photos I aimed to edit them to be both vibrant in colour and delicate in composition. It was pretty satisfying to see the sea of purple within my Instagram grid throughout June, definitely one of my favourite themes yet! You can see all of my floral imagery (and the pics from others joining in) by checking out my hashtag #Mymonthofflorals.
Anyway here are a few of my capture’s, hope you enjoy them. And if you do fancy any as a wallpaper just let me know and I can send you the file.
(Also the eagle eyes among you may notice there’s a couple of photos which include Rhodendrone, NOT lilac, but the colours worked so well together I couldn’t help but include them within this month.)