Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for the annual pilgrimage to Lombard, Illinois to see the lilacs. Not that we don’t have them in our own back yard but there is something extra special about the lilacs in Lombard.
In fact they even have a festival dedicated to that queen of springtime blossoms and on this visit to Lilacia Park I actually got to meet a real live Lilac Princess who was wandering through the gardens waiting for the start of the parade.
I have never actually been to the park on the day of the festival before. Usually I go on a weekday when there is less of a crowd but the weather had been so wet and gloomy for the past week that I took the first opportunity of a sunny day to head over to Lombard, not even realizing that I’d picked festival weekend.
The lilacs are not the only flowers to capture everyone’s attention. The tulips are simply gorgeous!
But the lilacs are the star of the show and it isn’t difficult to see why.
I love going downtown and last week I picked the perfect day for it! Spring was in the air and even among the skyscrapers trees were blooming.
When the sun shows up so do the politicians, especially when there’s a parade in which to participate. Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois State Comptroller, was on hand for the Polish Constitution Day Parade, an event which I inadvertently stumbled upon while I was wandering around. For more pictures on the parade please head over to my other blog Incidentally at http://skfjrifnd.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/sidetracked/
A carpet of spring flowers leads up to the original entry archway of the old Chicago Stock Exchange which is on display outside the Columbus Drive entrance to The Art Institute.
The warmer weather also brings out the street musicians. This young man was entertaining passersby outside the Michigan Avenue entrance to The Art Institute and doing a very good job of it I might add.
I found this colorful display of spring tulips at the base of The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square which is part of Millennium Park.
Now is the time to go to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, or more specifically Daffodil Glade. There you’ll find thousands of naturalized daffodils, as well as the usual spring wildflowers, among the trees. The weather was perfect when I went for a visit the other day.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge on Where’s My Backpack? at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/11/22/travel-theme-fragrant/ is Fragrant.
So many of life’s fleeting fragrances remind me of my early years back home in England. These pictures represent some of those happy memories.
A fragrant memory of roses after the rain as Mum and I walked to my grandmother’s house from the bus stop in Twickenham.
The fragrant odor of fresh-ground coffee beans that greeted us at the door of our favorite restaurant in Folkestone.
The perfume of lilacs in the Spring. Now, in May, I make my annual pilgrimage to Lilacia Park in Lombard, a perfect time to catch that delightful fragrance.
Leaves; not just leaves but burning leaves. That wonderful smell of autumnal garden bonfires.