One of my favorite flowers of spring are the lilacs.  Throughout Minnesota you see them everywhere — as small bushes, fences, and even tall hedges.  They can be trimmed to remain small or they can be allowed to grow to the size of trees.  They line the sides of many of our highways and roads, and when they’re in full bloom (as they are right now) they are beautiful.  They range in color from white to pale purple to a deep, dark shade of purple – almost burgundy.  And if you’re lucky to be riding your bike alongside a hedge of lilacs their scent will descend over you and fill you with the smell of the very best that spring has to offer.