Lilacs have always been my favorite flower because although they bloom in spring everywhere else, in Alaska, they bloom between my moms birthday and my birthday in June. Just about a week apart, I always looked forward to the week where we could smell them and enjoy them for my birthday. The very smell brings back the sweet memories of celebrating the summer birthdays. In winter in Alaska, that's a nice memory to bring up. It's more than just a favorite flower, it's a lifetime of memories!