Lilacs in Bloom

Spring got here almost a full month early, and the plants and flowers are all blooming way early because of it. I took a chance to get out of work early on a beautiful day to head to Highland Park to look at the lilacs. They are in peak bloom despite the fact that the Rochester Lilac Festival isn’t until May 14-23rd. These photos were taken May 3rd, 2010. In 2008 I visited Highland Park on May 24th, and the Lilacs were in peak bloom, so there is quite a wide range of time for the flowers to bloom depending on the spring weather. Learn more about the lilacs at the the Lilac Festival Home Page.

This year we had a really early spring, and the majority of the plants and trees are at least 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for blooming. I took this early opportunity to drive to Highland Park in Rochester, NY to look at all the varieties of lilacs while they are in peak bloom. The Lilac Festival itself isn’t until May 14-23. I am not sure there will be many left blooming at those times. The park is really amazing, and boasts one of the largest collections in the world.

“Today, over 500 varieties of lilacs cover 22 of Highland Park’s 155 acres. Rochester’s famous Lilac Festival is a lavish array of flowers, attractions, and special events that signal the arrival of spring. The 1,200-plus lilac bushes in Highland Park create a floral rainbow ranging from the deepest of purples to the purest of whites.” – About Highland Park Lilacs

View my lilac gallery here.

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Purples and Blues

Purples and Blues

Moskvy Lilac

Moskvy Lilac

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Sensation Lilac

Sensation Lilac

Primrose Lilac

Primrose Lilac

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

American Flag Pansy Bed

American Flag Pansy Bed

Another Moskvy

Another Moskvy

Bright Pink Azalea

Bright Pink Azalea

Highland Park Reservoir

Highland Park Reservoir

Lilacs in Highland Park

Lilacs in Highland Park

Bumble Bee on a Lilac

Bumble Bee on a Lilac

Lilacs in Infrared

Lilacs in Infrared

Lilacs in Infrared

Lilacs in Infrared

Lilacs in Infrared

Lilacs in Infrared

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