Day by Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


The lilacs are in bloom here in Western Wisconsin.  When I first got here, I had no idea just how wild the lilacs can grow here.  Spokane, WA is the Lilac City, and I've marched in the Lilac Parade there, and I've ran Bloomsday, the annual 10k race that commemorates the first blooms on the lilacs.

But here?  People build entire fences out of their lilac bushes, that's how well they grow.  Driving down Highway 16 between Sparta and Tomah, you see nothing but flowers right now, lilacs for miles.  And you can smell them anywhere you go, all over my town and all the towns around us.

It's rather nice.  I always did like lilacs.

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