Sunday, April 18, 2010

“April is the cruelest month,

breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” (T.S. Eliot)
Behind my shop is a wonderful lilac bush. Sadly, it took a serious hit this past winter...didn't most of us? Anyway, I love its purple flowers, and despite its devastation, it is producing flowers on those crippled branches. Nature is resilient...would that human nature would understand that premise.

The lilac traces its roots to Greek mythology. A beautiful nymph named Syringa (lilac’s botanical name) overwhelmed Pan, the god of the forests and fields. He chased her through the forest, and since she was frightened by Pan’s affections, she escaped him by turning herself into an aromatic bush – the flower we now refer to as lilac.

Lilacs are the 8th wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of New Hampshire (symbolizing the hardy character of the Granite State’s citizens). In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence.
In Europe, the color generally considered "lilac" is a darker shade of purple than what is considered "lilac" elsewhere.
Because these flowers are dramatic little clusters, you do not need elaborate vases. These simplistic Floraline McCoy planters would work well for cuttings.
This is from 1950's, McCoy's Garden line...there were 16 different shapes, but they are all clean lines.
Roseville Floraline was developed in June 1960 and was produced for the retail florists like Teleflora and FTD. It had been created in the 1940s, but the workers encouraged management to create an exclusive line. The company made over $1,000,000 in sales and produced the line after Lancaster Colony bought the company. This is an older mark. Pieces from the 1940's are marked USA, but most of them simply said 'Floraline'. If the piece was made by Lancaster Colony, an LC will be visible and MPC would indicate that Mt. Clemons Pottery was the creator.
And, since we opened with a T.S. Eliot often referenced quote about April and lilacs, let me finish with another lesser known by the same poet...
"Now that the lilacs are in bloom
She has a bowl of lilacs in her room."
Maybe April will not seem so cruel with a "bowl" of them in your room...

3 comments: said...

Thank you so much for your history leason on this flower. I have two big bushes myself. They are my favorite flower. You've inspired me to choose the milk glass vauses that I want to use for pickings. I will get them out, wash them up, have them ready. Mine won't be blooming for another month.

Big Hugs
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The Cinnamon Stick said...

So beautiful are lilacs, but sadly once picked, they tend to fade away fast. I will have blossoms of "double" lilacs from a neighbor soon to fragrant the store! (and will display them in a plain old quart canning jar). Love all the info you share....XO, Judy

Debby said...

What a gorgeous blog, found you by way of Shabby Creations.