Many years ago a friend from work gave me a rooted dark purple flowering lilac - heirloom - from her wonderfully classic garden.
It has managed to thrive. Its perfume fills the yard and drifts through the open windows and doors.
Taken near dusk before the rain.
See you next week.
ps (below)from rodaleorganiclife
Lilacs flower on old wood, so they should be pruned immediately after flowering, or else next year's flower buds will be cut off. Remove two-thirds of the suckers and shoots near ground level, keeping a third to mature into future flowering branches. Cut larger stems from the center to allow sun and air circulation to avert disease. Sever awkward limbs to create a well-balanced, rounded shrub. If the lilac is grafted, always remove any shoots arising from the rootstock, below the graft union, to maintain the desired cultivar's flowers. Deadheading spent flowers keeps seeds from forming but is tedious and not absolutely necessary.
Thank you Rodale for blogging about care of heirloom lilacs.