A fragrant spectacle
You can enjoy the lilac's seductive fragrance and floral spectacle from November to May and have the choice of white, pink, violet, dark blue or indigo colours. This latter variety is also used to make perfume: the soft scent of relaxation and romance!
Lilacs have long been grown in Aalsmeer because of the fertile fenland soil. In autumn, the lilacs are removed from the fields and transported to the greenhouse by boat. Because the temperature is considerably higher there, the flower buds burst open. The flowers are harvested and the plants are placed back in the soil in the fields on alternate years.
COLOURS AND SHAPES
The waxy flowers form an enthusiastic cluster. From pure white to dark purple, lilacs bring spring into your home in the most intense shades - some varieties even offer two colours. The plant has leaves that point upwards, and can reach a height of 7m. The sweet fragrance makes you long for the first rays of sunshine and want to pack away your winter clothing.
It seems like every flower on the lilac has its own story, since it represents many things. It symbolises domestic happiness, nostalgia, first young love, innocence and remembrance. The white flowers also stand for reticence. If you were given a lilac by your lover in the 19th century, it was a sign that he wanted you to shed some of your reserve.
We have no idea where the Latin name comes from, but we do know where the lilac itself originated. In 1560 it moved from Constantinople to Vienna. The lilac became fashionable in France and Berlin at the end of 16th century. Later, it conquered the cottage gardens of Central Europe and since the 19th century the sweet smelling flower has been a must-have in every home and garden.
Enjoy your lilacs even longer with these tips:
Place lilacs in a clean vase - preferably glass - with clean water.
Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
Cut or trim 3-5cm off the stems diagonally with a sharp, clean knife.
Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
Do not place your lilacs in a draught, in full sun, near a heater or next to the fruit bowl.
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