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    sensation lilac
    I know she doesn’t look like much now, but she’s going to be just lovely when she grows up!

    We once had an unknown monstrosity growing in our yard. It had to have at least three different varieties of bushes within it, and was mangy and – well – unknown. We trimmed it a couple of years ago but that thing was out of control. Ten feet tall and climbing – without trimming I don’t know what it would have become.

    It was time to say goodbye to that big sun-blocking-my-garden bush, and hello to a new, improved plant. One that can be properly identified, even!

    The Sensation Lilac (I bought from my local nursery) is a gorgeous deep purple flower with a white border. They’re gorgeous, and I bought a plant mature enough to give me a few blooms in its first year with us!

    sensation lilac
    We did buy a Yankee Doodle in its first year this past weekend, too, but I just couldn’t wait. I had to run to a landscaping nursery and see if they had some more mature plants – and what a great find!! I’m going to have to find Yankee Doodle a new home (and I think I may already have a taker!)

    sensation lilac
    Can’t wait to share some macro shots of this gorgeous Lilac when she blooms. Hopefully, my thumb was green when I put her in the ground this afternoon!


    Renee said,

    lilac are pretty hearty. We’ve transplanted loads of them and they always keep growing. can’t wait to see the flowers.

    4.29.2009 @ 12:35 am

    i have a beautiful lilac shrub, no blooms as yet (you must be ahead of me by a few weeks) and it is in for a major pruning after it blooms. i love the fragrance, it’s outside of the dining room window and when it blooms, the entire house smells of it. can’t wait!

    4.29.2009 @ 6:02 am
    june said,

    It’s going to thrive…I just know it! Looking forward to the many flower pictures coming :yes:

    4.29.2009 @ 6:24 am
    Pam said,

    Oh, she’s just lovely now; I can’t wait to see those blooms!!! :yahoo:

    Is it watermelon time yet? ;)

    4.29.2009 @ 7:18 am
    Becky said,

    Looks good. I only wish I had regular old gardening chores to do like planting. All of mine are major, labor intensive, back breaking PROJECTS!!! Including deciding what to do with the inherited lilac bushes I have, both of which suffered serious damage from the wet and heavy snow load this past winter. They’re huge, and it’s a daunting task. Just for reference, last year I dug out a pussy-willow “bush” that was as tall as my house!!


    4.29.2009 @ 8:16 am
    Leanne said,

    Becky – trim your bushes back after they flower, you can hack them down to whatever size you want to maintain them at. If you do that every year after they flower, you’ll always have manageable sized without a huge amount of growth.

    As for those other back breakers – Hire a tan, sweaty man in a white tank top. :D

    4.29.2009 @ 8:19 am
    Leanne said,

    Pam – watermelon. mmmmmm. I smelled watermelon the other day and started salivating! I’M READY!

    4.29.2009 @ 8:20 am
    Leanne said,

    BSTS – I planted a bee balm outside my office/studio windows for that reason – it smells minty and it’s got a strong scent all summer! We’re a couple weeks ahead of you – I saw that you’re waiting for tulips still, mine are blooming now, as are my hyacinth. It’s coming, it’s coming!

    4.29.2009 @ 8:21 am
    sheila said,

    I love lilacs…. This is going to be so lovely with its blossoms and it’s perfume!

    4.29.2009 @ 11:29 am
    Nicky Bird said,

    I’m looking froward to seeing your lilac grow. I have a beauty in flower at the moment, I’ve grown it from a sucker taken from a lilac bush over twenty years ago.

    5.1.2009 @ 10:30 am

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