Lilac. Every year I welcome its flowers, not because I particularly like it – I don’t, in spite of their sweet scent – but because it reminds me of my friend Petra’s birthday in mid-May.
Only it is not mid-May just yet and I wonder whether I am starting to sound like a sentimental old lady saying “…when I was young, the lilac came out just for Petra’s birthday…”
Are the seasons shifting due to climate warming or can I ‘blame’ it on longitude (I used to live 49.79° N, 9.95° E and and have moved nearly west), as the continental climate near the post-BREXIT center of the EU may have something to do with the flowering time of plants?
In any case, the early ‘warning’ gives me three extra weeks to get the card posted 👍