Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lilac Time

    Late May and early June can be a peak season for lush fresh green growth. Along with that goes the top of the season for blooms.

Lilacs just coming into bloom

Another pair of beauties.
       When I bought my house in 1970 , there was a straggly little lilac on one corner very close to the house. Even I could tell that a shrub this close to the house wouldn't work. I contemplated throwing it away. I moved it and it has thrived. It has a very dark color and you see very few this shade. 

     The lilac is about 12 ft high so I've been trying to trim it back so the whole bush looks a little rough.

     Since this lilac is right beside the side walk, over the years I have noticed pieces disappear when it's in bloom. I don't mind if someone takes a bouquet. One day one of my neighbors came with her plant shears and told me how much she liked my lilac and could she get a bouquet. Sure! Help yourself. Then she admitted that she had taken bouquets before. She came for quite a few years and got a bouquet. I don't think she's been here for a couple of years so I'm going to have to cut a bouquet and take them to her.

32 comments:

  1. oh, that is SO sweet! i miss lilacs. had them in wisconsin. they don't grow here in texas. but i can smell them in my mind...

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    1. Okay, look at the photo and take a deep breath. You know, I can't smell them at all.

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  2. I like the color of your Lilac bush. We have a hedge of Lilac bushes in our backyard - separating us from our good neighbors right behind us. There's one white bush amongst the lavender ones. I like that.

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  3. I love those really dark lilacs, my folks have had one in their yard for years and years. Bet they smell wonderful.

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    1. Well, I can't smell them but they look great .

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  4. Beautiful lilacs! Les

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    1. Hey I liked your cactus from time to time.

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  5. A wonderful shrub. Well more a tree now.

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    1. I'm trying to thin it out and keep it down. If you trim the tops you lose next year's blooms.

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  6. Sharing flowers is like sharing bread only it is food for the spirit.

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  7. It looks beautiful, I like the colour. Sounds like a romantic idea to offer your neighbour a bouquet.

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    1. The dark color is attractive. My neighbor will appreciate them.

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  8. I think your neighbour sure would appreciate that bouquet Red. That's sweet. I have a white Lilac Tree in my backyard and it is now just in bloom and smells soooo nice. Beautiful photos.

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    1. I certainly like the white lilacs.

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  9. You are just the kind of neighbor I'd LOVE to have. I sneak lilacs in the springtime from the many that grow around me. Nobody seems to care, they are so abundant. :-)

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    1. I don't think anybody would care. Now Tonight I traded a bouqet of lilacs for a utility trailer load of sand for my garden.! How's that for a deal?

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  10. I loooove lilacs. Ours are just finishing up! That's cute about your neighbour taking bouquets. :)

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    1. It was kind of funny the way she confessed ! But she's a great lady.

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  11. You truly have the nicest lilacs on the block !
    Tracey

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    1. Well, Tracey, help yourself before they get old.

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  12. I have two bushes but mine don't look any way near as nice as yours. They are lovely!
    I suspect my problem is the deer nibbles every winter. :)

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    1. Yes, deer would do it. The next year blooms are set now when the new shoots grow. If you trim the new growth then there's no blooms next year.

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  13. That's so kind of you. I have a lovely lilac bush in my back yard and I make sure that my neighbour helps herself also. They're too wonderful not to share.

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    1. Other comments have mentioned sharing.

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  14. I love the smell, in town the fragrance is so wonderful! Nice of you to take flowers to old women:)

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    1. And I can't smell the lilacs. I never think of the smell until somebody talks about it. Now my friend may be up in years but she's full of energy.

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  15. I'm very glad you moved it - it's so pretty. I love lilacs and have never had any luck with them - just not enough sun. But I enjoy taking walks and taking deep breaths as I pass by lilacs in my neighbors yards.

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    1. Yes, when I found this one it was on the north side of the house. It wasn't hard to move. I think they must have taken a piece of root from another plant.

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  16. You are a neighbor's dream!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  17. Our lilacs are all done! Too bad. You're a good man to share yours.

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