If you live in the Los Angeles area and you have yet to visit Descanso Gardens then you've got a homework assignment! This place is simply gorgeous with 150 acres of flowers and botanical collections.
A rose that I painted from a photo that I took during my visit.
During one of my visits the lilacs were in bloom. I flashed instantly back to one of my favorite childhood memories. When I was a boy my mom and I would take long walks together. Sometimes while we were on a walk she would cut some lilacs to bring home with us. Once home, she would put some in a glass with water and place them in my room for me. I can remember how my room filled with that beautiful scent. I would lay on the floor and draw or color with my window open, the fresh air breezing in to circulate the lilac scent around my room. Amazing. Thank you, mom!
It was wonderfully nostalgic to stand there at Descanso surrounded by hundreds of blooming lilacs and drinking in that aroma.