One of my favourite flowers is lilacs. There is a lilac arboretum in Des Moines that I like to visit every spring.
The park and its well known lilac bushes have been around for over 100 years. In the past few years the park has been greatly improved. Many volunteers have gotten involved to donate such things as park benches or to sponsor individual lilac bushes.
The day I was there I saw many people just walking slowly among the lilacs and enjoying the day. People always reach over, pull a lilac close to them and smell it. The lilacs are extremely fragrant.
I also noticed the redbud trees were in full bloom. They are usually associated with regions south of Iowa but we are now seeing more of them.
For some reason I did not take a picture of a redbud tree but you can see a couple in the background of this picture.
In addition to the lilacs, I came across an apple tree that was in full bloom. Apple blooms are quite beautiful. In my opinion, an apple blossom is the very essence of spring.
I saw some daffodils that were still in bloom, though they were almost at their end.
Mother Nature is truly the world's greatest artist. After a long, cold, dreary winter she puts on quite a show before we settle into summer.