Lilac Bloom in October on our Shenandoah Flower Farm

Today I feel even better about the name we chose for our Shenandoah Valley flower farm — Lilac Hill. I decided to reverse my daily walk around the yard with the border collie, and my “backwards” path allowed me to see something special: A lone bunch of blossoms on one of the lilac bushes that decided to bloom.

Lilac in October

Lilac in October

The flowers are on a diseased branch of old growth, so perhaps this is their last “hello” before the branch withers away this winter. This little patch of lavender stands out against the yellow Autumn leaves of the sumac in the background. There’s almost no scent, but the color is welcome.

Lilac and Autumn Sumac

Lilac and Autumn Sumac

Thank you, Lilac Hill, for helping me celebrate Autumn. We’ve been together almost a year, and I love your constant surprises.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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