lilac and wisteria

by Sharon Santoni


It is that time of year here when the lilac overlaps with the wisteria, and all my bouquets are mauve.    The fragrances in the garden are quite divine at the moment, especially early early morning, when the grass is still wet with dew.  I am fully aware of how lucky I am to have a garden in this time of confinement, and I’m trying to make the most of it each day.

Getting creative during each day has never been more important than during this period of social isolation.  It keeps open channels of communication, it’s good for the soul and pretty much the best therapy that I know.


With the garden beginning to explode in colour, it is time to bring flowers into the house regularly.    Small glasses with single blooms on a desk or night table, larger exuberant bouquets around the house.   I made this bouquet using : two different shades of lilac;  wisteria; pink tulips; euphorbia and some bronze leafed hazelnut.  The result is a tall quite luxurious feeling bouquet, full of intense colour and tumbling shapes.

There is a video up on my Instagram stories, showing how to pull this together, just click here.

I hope that you are managing to connect with nature and your own creativity wherever you are in the world right now.   Stay safe and take care.


Lisa D. April 23, 2020 - 8:47 pm

Just exquisite. Lilacs smell heavenly, and I so adore wisteria., but am hesitant to plant one, as they can be somewhat aggressive. I’m fearful they would pull down a fence or wall. Where in your garden are they planted, Sharon?

Brenda April 23, 2020 - 10:18 pm

How lovely. My lilacs will not be in bloom for another 3 weeks. The buds would like to burst open but it is so cold here right now.
I started an apiary this Spring and managed to get my bees hived but they are staying in the hives most of the time. No leaves on the trees yet. Thank you so much for sharing your flowers.They are a breath of fresh air.

Belinda Hubbard April 23, 2020 - 10:54 pm

Thank you for cheering me on. I love your page. Looking forward to seeing more

Regina April 24, 2020 - 1:04 pm

OMG.This is so very beautiful.
You are a natural. Do the wisterias stay all summer?
Thank you for sharing this.

Victoria Savu April 24, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Your flower arrangement was gorgeous. I am passing my time in the gardens as much as I can. We are still getting very cold nights and snow. But some how the daffodils survived and now the tulips are. So some color but lilac are probably a month away. I have a little greenhouse that keeps be busy. Stay safe everyone and keep gardening. Love Victoria XX

Victoria April 24, 2020 - 7:21 pm

These are so beautiful! I am starting to grow lilacs this year and your flowers are so inspiring!

StitchinSweetSue April 24, 2020 - 11:03 pm

hi sharon ~ hope you, family and furry ones are faring well. since we’re still getting dustings of snow it’s nice to enjoy your garden pics again this year. you’d enjoy our annual lilac festival at highland park, it’s quite the festival… except for this year.

Nettie April 26, 2020 - 5:39 am

That is one gorgeous bouquet! Our lilacs have just gotten some of their leaves so it will be awhile until they bloom here……I just can’t wait. You have me sooo excited! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos! They have surely brightened this rainy, overcast day. I love reading all of the comments too. It’s so inspiring to hear what others are thinking and doing.

Shiksha April 27, 2020 - 9:19 am

Haven we can feel it alive.

Phyllis Stier April 27, 2020 - 8:15 pm

Love the colors! Beautiful! Wish I could enjoy the fragrance too!

candace ford April 27, 2020 - 8:24 pm

Not much in bloom here in wet western Oregon, USA. The bearded Iris have some big fat buds and I’m often outside picking slugs (I really do dislike slugs) off the leaves every day. Drizzle today. No one I know personally has corona virus and everyone is being cautious!!! Contrary to what you might have heard the Prez of the US say, DO NOT INGEST BLEACH OR LYSOL!!! Have a good day – all and keep well.

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