My husband, unbeknownst to me, and with the best intentions, trimmed our lilac bushes yesterday (April 6th in Illinois). Before he trimmed them, they were filled with buds, now there is not a bud to be seen. I have no idea why he thought trimming the buds off in the spring was a good idea. Now they look like tiny little dead bushes. My question- because the buds have been trimmed off, and stubby little branches left, will they grow leaves this spring? (can that much growth occur in one season?) I'm not even hoping for flowers at this point- just leaves so that they don't look dead. Thanks!!