With Every Leaf a Miracle

“… In the door-yard fronting an old farm-house,
near the white-wash’d palings,

Stands the lilac bush, tall-growing,
with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom, rising,
delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle…”
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

13 thoughts on “With Every Leaf a Miracle”

  1. Lilacs are one plant I would love to be able to grow. I think they are so pretty. Your photos make me wish I was farther north.

    Always Growing

  2. Lovely photos and poem. My daughter-in-law has some lilac bushes by her front door. I never seem to get to Denver at the right time to see them in full flower. I love the fragrance and hope someday to time my trips at just the right time.

  3. I hope my Miss Kim puts out such a pretty feast for the eyes and nose. Hey—your header is the best one yet. I love it. It is stunning!!

    I’m not blogging but I am still reading.

  4. Beautiful Nancy.
    I really, really like your new header picture. I just want to be there.

  5. Nancy, I am really liking your new blog look! My son gave me a lilac bush, it struggles down here but I baby it. Do your lilacs smell as good as they look?

  6. Lovely. I think mine don’t get enough sun; they barely bloom, and I _have_ learned not to prune in the fall (or the spring, for that matter.)

    I love how you interweave poem and photos.


  7. Thanks so much, everyone, for the kind words about the new blog template/header. That photo was taken in Hall’s Harbour, NS — Chey, you may have visited there before. If not, it’s definitely worth the drive. (It’s not far from Kentville.) Just around the corner from where that shot was taken is one of the best lobster restaurants in Nova Scotia. :)

    Thanks all for stopping by!

  8. Nancy, I always have so many problems with Blogger … If you get another comment from me on this one, it’s because Blogger kept kicking it out … trying again. Basically, I think I said:
    Yes, Walt definitely had it right! Lovely photos.


  9. Beautiful, beautiful. I was sad to see them go this year. It wasn’t a stellar year for the lilacs. But oh, they were still lovely and smelled so nice.

  10. Nice lilac fix. Your photos evoke just how wonderful they are.

    Jan–I dimly recall that there are some lilacs that do OK in warmer climates. I might be hallucinating after all of those lilac pictures, but you might check more southerly garden catalogues/websites to see (like Wayside), or just search something like “lilacs warm climates”. After all some of them originated in Iran (formerly known as Persia).

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