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Last week we visited my in-laws in NC, and found my mother-in-law’s beauty of a lilac specimen full of blossoms. One big happy lilac bush for sure. I want it. I want many. I have lilac envy.
If I lived close enough, her lilac would somehow mysteriously become bare of all fragrant blossoms in the night.
I’ve been pining for peonies and now I’m adding lilacs to the list. Lovely lilac lined plans are churning away. I’m looking into it. This is what I’ve found so far…
- well drained soil, with pH of 6.0-7.0
- full sun
- grows most favorable in USDA plant hardiness zones 3-7
For some reason I’ve always thought that lilacs were difficult to grow, but after some light reading it doesn’t seem so. It sounds like it takes a few years to get them established, but after that, they are hardy and flourish under the right conditions. So, now to find the spot, and prepare it for lilacs come fall. And maybe some peonies too.
I stumbled across this poem called “Stealing Lilacs” by Alice N. Persons. Thought you may enjoy it. I did.
Do you grow lilacs or another lovely flowering bush?
Hope you’re enjoying spring!
Mmmmm, lilacs. And peonies are my most favorite! They’re such extravagantly fragrant big, beautiful blooms! I have a couple of peonies (inherited from Mrs. Henderson, who lived in this house for 40 years). Can you start them from a cutting? If so, you can have some! : )
Love lilac!!! Love it!!
Amy, I came across your blog by way of the NPR website with the various salads. I just moved to Upstate SC from Virginia and have been having a grand time exploring the area. Was happy to see you are in Upstate as well.
I love lilacs, were part of fond childhood memories with that lovely fragrance….just divine!
I will enjoy reading your postings, be they recipes, vacations or gardening items.
I have 3 beautiful lilac bushes! Unfortunately, Mother Nature felt the need to send a late frost and I lost all the blooms. I’ll have lilac envy with you this year!
I LOVE lilac bushes! We had one in my yard growing up and I just love the smell! Still my favorite scent. It’s not quite the same, but Bath & Body Works has scents and candles which are a great substitute for not having your a beautiful flowering plant!