As one of the earliest blooms of the season lilacs symbolize spring & renewal. It’s heady fragrance is unforgettably sweet, spicy and intense and it’s a cause for celebration when it returns to my garden.
“The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.”
Margaret Millar (1947) Experiment in Springtime:A Novel, New York:Random House
These two lovely birds live amongst the japonica in our patchwork hedge and I can listen to and watch them from my studio window. They’re joined by tiny little yellow breasted birds that dart in and out and are much harder to catch a photo of.
Spring of course is a wonderful time for bird watching in the garden and I was delighted to witness a group of kookaburras swoop down and sit on the telegraph wires outside our gate – their noisy ‘laughter’ had several neighbours peering out their windows as it is not a familar sight in our neighbourhood.
Even more surprising was a visiting chicken which was as startled as Agnes (the labradoodle) and I when it appeared from under a rose bush. Agnes was quickly returned to the house and ‘Betty’ the young chicken seemed to enjoyed her weekend stay at chez petal & pins before disappearing as quickly as she came!