We had a bit of a get-together on Sunday and wheeled the barbecue out. Ribs, home-made coleslaw, chicken on skewers, sausages, burgers, beer, Eton mess... yum.
Anyway, my mum's neighbour had kindly let her cut me a big bunch of lilacs. They look lovely. Another shrub to add to the 'one day' list.
They started to droop a little bit yesterday, but as I've mentioned before (somewhere), I used to work as a florist. Top tip: if flowers look a bit wilty, take an inch or so from the bottom of the stem. Cut it diagonally. Then plunge into boiling water and leave for half an hour or so.
It doesn't work with all flowers but it's good for things like roses and chrysanthemums. The boiling water clears any blockages in the stem so the flower can take water up again.
My lilacs are happy once more.
And yes - I have done that Thing That Everyone's Doing These Days: arranged my books in order of colour. It looks quite nice.