A LONG time ago Brett found this Lilac plant (I call it a plant because it was neither a bush nor a vine nor a tree at the time) amidst a jumble of weeds and overgrown juniper bushes in my parents' yard. He pulled up one of the shoots and planted it at our place and we proceeded to neglect it for about 7 years. Then it started to bloom! It is SO beautiful and fragrant and blossoms for a long time each year. I just love it, and had to bring a bit inside tonight since we are having guests over for dinner. It is in a mercury glass vase (thanks Gail) in my bathroom, and no, you can not see it because other than that vase of lilac, the bathroom has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Soon I will let you know how my gluten-free/soy-free/lactose-free dinner works out. Hopefully I don't poison anybody!