Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lilac Time

DSC_1017_3319 The lilacs are in bloom.  I need to pack up the pots and take them to their source to determine what pot belongs to what source.  I have two different pots of lilacs I told about here.  The blossoms began to pop on March 2.  I predicted Saturday, February 27.  Close. 

As the lilac blooms, it’s a good time to prune by cutting the flowers for bouquets.  Any dead or screwy branches are best pruned out now.  Blossoms develop on year old growth; so the new growth this summer will set blossoms at this time in 2011.DSC_1071_3373 The lilacs are competing with the sweet peas for the best perfume award in the garden.DSC_1059_3345

5 comments:

Nezzy said...

Oh ToTo your not in the Ozarks 'cause our ground is frozen like a block of ice. Nope, no lilacs here...not even close. Yours are quite amazing and your pics are great! I can close my eyes and almost smell 'em.

From the hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

g said...

Gorgeous lilacs and sweetpeas. I wish i could grow lilacs. I think the lag between your plums and mine might have to do with the variety, but it also might have to do with the fact that mine are in mountains and coast, and yours are inland...right? Although your altitude might be higher than mine, since you are inland....who can say?

MAYBELLINE said...

-g, I'm at 700'. My plums are Santa Rosa. I'll stick with your final analysis:
who can say?

g said...

My plums are red, like Santa Rosa, but since I didn't plant them I'm not 100% sure what they are. I think my altitude is about 800-1000 - it's hard to tell.

And our climate is influenced by the coast. At our altitude we still have the maritime mildness.

I notice - for instance - a friend in west LA has blooming wisteria today. But mine are only in bud. But it's colder in Topanga Canyon than in West LA. My friend's vine grows against a concrete wall, too, which might gather warmth that would affect the plant.

It's fascinating, isn't it?

MAYBELLINE said...

Yup. I'm such a plant geek.