Syringa vulgaris or smell of spring




When May comes after a long winter, it looks like green hues are painting the landscape all over the place.Since always you remember the spring smell of new leaves opening all over the forests, gardens, parks. And, indeed, when first fresh green tiny leaves are unpacked from spring buds, it feels again everything could be possible in the spring of this year. The almost forgotten smell of lilacs seems to become more than a mere memory quite soon. And when the first tiny spring rain comes, washing down leafy smell in the air, you feel spring is already evidently here, then you open the window and sweet smell of lilacs embraces you.There it is, lilacs in fool bloom , and now you know for sure, this spring is real…… 

Open Window Lilacs Study 1886 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov

“Open Window Lilacs Study 1886″ oil on Canvas,Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, from:

The Lilac Bouquet - Serkis Diranian

“The Lilac Bouquet” oil on Canvas, location: Private collection.Serkis Diranian, from:

The Bunch of Lilacs - James Jacques Joseph Tissot

“The Bunch of Lilacs” oil on Canvas.James Jacques Joseph Tissot from:

Gathering Lilacs - Daniel Ridgway Knight

“Gathering Lilacs” oil on Canvas Daniel Ridgway Knight, from:

Lilacs - Boris Kustodiev

“Lilacs” oil on Canvas Boris Kustodiev, from:

New nature reserve in London, England

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from England says about itself:

Volunteering and nature: London Wildlife Trust

14 November 2014

With over 40 nature reserves across London we rely on the volunteers who give their time to help us protect wildlife and nature. This short, inspiring video shows some of our volunteers and staff in action at Gunnersbury Triangle. Many thanks to everyone who helps us look after wildlife and wild spaces in London.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

‘Fencing people away from nature is bad’

An ambitious project is under way in north London to create an urban haven for rare birds alongside modern towerblocks. Welcome to Woodberry Wetlands, ‘wildlife gardening on a colossal scale’

Patrick Barkham

Sunday 17 May 2015 18.00 BST

Look north, and gleaming new towers resemble the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Turn south, and you are transported into a bucolic corner of 18th-century England. Dense…

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