Lilac, Syringa vulgaris, was once a common sight in Greenford at this time of year. This is a white form of it but a much darker, almost purple variety is available, as well as in shades of pink and the original lilac. I think it’s such a shame that you no longer get a waft of its lovely scent as you walk down a street in May. We haven’t just lost the visual beauty of front gardens, we have lost their perfume as well.
“We’ll gather lilacs in the spring again,
And walk together down an endless lane,
Until our hearts have learned to sing again,
When you come home once more.”
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