ButterflyLady29
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Spring must be on the way

Just noticed today that the buds on my lilacs are swelling! We're supposed to get below or near freezing temperatures next week so I hope the little buds hold off just a bit longer. But so happy to see that the bush I planted in the poorly drained horrid soil area of my yard is still hanging in there.

This one is a white flowered plant I got from a neighbor. It's still a baby at only 5 years old but it's nearing 6 feet tall and starting to spread a bit.

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Re: Spring must be on the way

Sounds wonderful! I love fragrance of lilacs, though I don't have any in my garden (...yet 8) )

I noticed my peach tree buds have tiny pink unfolding at their tips :D
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Yup - my asian pears are just about ready to bloom. Asian plums have been in bloom for a week or so already out here. Your post reminded me there's what I think is a lilac just clinging to life on a clay hillside here. I thought it was a goner a couple years ago, but it seems to be holding its own. No flowers...I might have to mulch it this year, see if I can help it along.
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Re: Spring must be on the way

Lilacs budding, the green showing strong, the forsythia are blooming and the redbuds showing some red. I suppose an early apricot bloom will follow and then get nipped and no apricots this year. All this is about three weeks early here.
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Crazy weather the seasons are a bit muddled.
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Re: Spring must be on the way

They're just starting to bloom now. The purple ones are starting to open. I haven't checked the white ones yet but they usually run a few days to a week behind. I so love the scent of lilac flowers.

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Me too. My mom has lilacs. I haven't tried growing them because of the acid clay soil.


I noticed yesterday that the Carolina Allspice is blooming. I'm always intrigued by the deep burgundy color 8)
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I keep the pruned sticks from this shrub for the spicy scent. :D
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Re: Spring must be on the way

ButterflyLady29 wrote:Just noticed today that the buds on my lilacs are swelling! We're supposed to get below or near freezing temperatures next week so I hope the little buds hold off just a bit longer.

We have a lilac at a new location this year. It was loaded with buds all over; like little tiny bunches of grapes! But, it froze heavily after that, and they never bloomed. So, I guess heavy frost can kill the lilac blossoms? This is the first lilac I've ever had.

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From what I just read they are very freeze sensitive. Ours usually don't break dormancy until the weather has warmed and the nights have been above freezing for a few weeks.

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