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Old 05-21-2016, 10:51 PM   #2351
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Thanks, CG. She blooms a lot later than regular lilacs, and most of the time is in almost total shade. I'm quite proud of her!
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:05 AM   #2352
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Dawg, at the Arboretum in Jamaica Plain they have hundreds of lilac bushes and if the weather cooperates with enough rain, then come Mother's Day they are all in bloom. They range from the purist white to the deepest purple.

One year my sister and I went there on that day. Now I could have my head in a bucket of cow patties and not smell it. But I could smell those lilacs that were in full bloom. I so envy you. The lilac is a beautiful bush and has an aroma that could stop a way when in full bloom.
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:03 AM   #2353
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This is Miss Kim, our late blooming "dwarf" Korean lilac. She's a bit over 8 feet tall, despite being cut back several times. She smells heavenly.

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I planted 2 Miss Kim's. Thanks for the pic that show what they will be someday. They are beautiful!
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:22 AM   #2354
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Lilacs have always been a favorite of mine. Both for their beauty and their fragrance. SO planted a couple of lilac bushes (no idea what kind) many years ago and we have never seen a flower.
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:43 AM   #2355
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I planted 2 Miss Kim's. Thanks for the pic that show what they will be someday. They are beautiful!

You'll enjoy them, PF. I like that she blooms a lot later than regular lilacs, and the blooms last for a goodly time.

Bummer about your lilacs, Andy. I don't fertilize, and Miss Kim is in full shade for most of the day and seems to thrive on neglect, so I don't know why yours have never bloomed.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:06 PM   #2356
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Lilacs have always been a favorite of mine. Both for their beauty and their fragrance. SO planted a couple of lilac bushes (no idea what kind) many years ago and we have never seen a flower.
May I make a suggestion that was passed on to me many years ago by a professional gardener? Loosen the dirt around the bush, and give it some lime to sweeten the dirt. Not a lot. You are giving the roots room to breath. And avoid using nitrogen in the fertilizer. Lilacs don't like nitrogen. But they do love the sunshine. Lots of sunshine.
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Beautiful lilac bush, Dawg - and it's HUGE!
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Beautiful lilac bush, Dawg - and it's HUGE!

Thanks Cheryl, it's supposed to be a dwarf
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That's a big dwarf. I've bought mis-labeled plants a time or two. My whole fence line in the back yard is lined with red flowering oleanders - except for one that was labeled as red but turned out to be white.
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Today was Tyler's kindergarten graduation ceremony. OMGosh, were those kids ever cute and SO well behaved! The audience was seated and waiting patiently for them. When Pomp and Circumstance started playing and those little 5 year olds walked up the center aisle with big smiles and wearing their little caps and gowns, I lost it. Thank goodness I brought plenty of tissues!

It was a sea of tiny little graduation caps when they were all seated and waiting to be called to the stage for their diplomas.
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