Thursday, May 10, 2018

Heirloom Lilacs

Many years ago a friend from work gave me a rooted dark purple flowering lilac - heirloom - from her wonderfully classic garden.

It has managed to thrive. Its perfume fills the yard and drifts through the open windows and doors.

Taken near dusk before the rain.

See you next week.


ps (below)from rodaleorganiclife

Lilacs flower on old wood, so they should be pruned immediately after flowering, or else next year's flower buds will be cut off. Remove two-thirds of the suckers and shoots near ground level, keeping a third to mature into future flowering branches. Cut larger stems from the center to allow sun and air circulation to avert disease. Sever awkward limbs to create a well-balanced, rounded shrub. If the lilac is grafted, always remove any shoots arising from the rootstock, below the graft union, to maintain the desired cultivar's flowers. Deadheading spent flowers keeps seeds from forming but is tedious and not absolutely necessary. 

Thank you Rodale for blogging about care of heirloom lilacs.


  1. The lilacs are beautiful. I don't have any at this house, but have been enjoying them around the neighborhood since I've been trying to get out and take more walks lately. It helps that the rain has stopped pouring down every single minute, at least for now:). I don't mind it--it keeps Oregon green, but it's not as fun to take walks in it.

    I have some major pruning to do around here. I'm hoping I can time it right so I don't lose next year's blooms on my rhododendrons.

  2. Gorgeous lilacs. Even without being there when looking at the photo I can smell them. They are my favorite. I bought 2 plants about 2 years ago but they do not do much of anything yet. They will get there eventually.


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