A garden is a complete sensory experience, and any gardener will tell you that the smells of the garden are as memorable as the sights. Monarda smells like tea leaves (because they are), tomatoes and marigolds announce the return of summer with a sniff of their leaves and stems. Basil, mint, rosemary and other herbs have their own delightful fragrance. And of course the flowers offer their own too. We’re witnessing the long parade of flowers each in turn announcing their time to shine. For the last couple of weeks that time has belonged to the lilacs. Their dance isn’t nearly long enough before they recede into the background of the garden like most flowering shrubs. The magic in lilacs is the fragrance. And they sway in the breeze releasing it to all who come nearby. I make a point of visiting every chance I get, but notice others who love lilacs as much as I do never make the effort to pay them a visit. So I quietly bring them inside to perfume the kitchen. And celebrate spring in New Hampshire.