in some ways the lilac flowers seem a very long way off but seeing the big fat buds is very cheering (even if the camera doesn't seem to know how to properly translate the marvelous blue of that northern sky)
Here in the northern edge of the MidAtlantic states many of the marvelous and very popular tropical and sub-tropical plants begin flowering in late August, and if there is not an early, hard frost keep on flowering for most of September and October like Abutilon, sometimes called "Flowering Maple" (which can keep on growing and flowering indoors). This is one i photographed at Greenwood called 'Vesuvius'
buds everywhere! i look out my bedroom window down on the lilacs with sweet green shining on the tips of silver limbs so i took up pencils and paper and found tiny, brown-black buds just beginning to break on paperbark maple and cheerful little fireworks on the crabapple
(i wish my scanner did justice to color pencil sketches...in my original, i felt i "caught" the glowing cinnamon of the maple, and silver of lilac limb much better than the digital translation communicates. oh well.)