Monday, June 1, 2015

Lilac Time Again!

     We haven't been to the Lilac Festival in many years, and what for? It's a Lilac festival in our backyard every spring! Some of these Lilacs, like the ones in the back are probably over 60 years old and still going strong! I know some people complain that they only last a short time and wish they bloomed all year, well I would like ice cream in the mail! We don't live in the tropics so enjoy them for what they are, a reliable and hardy shrub/tree that come in many colours and types. Lilacs come in three types, French like the ones you see here, Velosa or Korean types that bloom a little later and are mostly in the pink shades and Japanese that are more like a tree and bloom white in early summer. If one invested in a few varieties you could have lilacs from May thru June. I'm not sure why some stress over the suckering of the French types, if you let them grow they will eventually bloom, some years I have cut the suckers and some I haven't, it's all what you want or how much punishment you think you deserve I guess! Some of the more recent varieties have stronger colour, bigger blooms and less suckering, so get out there and have a look at your local greenhouse, there's a lilac for you that will reward you year after year with almost no care.

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