Seeing lilac trees start to burst with colour in October is so beautiful & exciting (for lovers like me at least!) They seemingly pop overnight, releasing their beautiful fragrance & gorgeous shades of purple and white to the world. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, purple lilac represents 'first love' & white - 'youthful innocence'. They are native to Europe & North-Eastern Asia and are the state flower of New Hampshire in the U.S. Lilac is a part of the olive family and is a very popular ornamental plant in gardens & parks.
When preparing lilac for your home, be sure to gently crush the stem ends before placing into a spotlessly clean vase. This will help them drink easier. The flowers are sensitive to ethylene gas, so they're best placed away from the fruit bowl where the ripening fruit will make them wilt & die a lot faster.