Trees and Shrubs forum: Lilacs 2010

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 30, 2010 10:09 AM CST
I think my most beloved blooming shrub must be fragrant Lilacs. As a child I loved burying my face in those panicles of blooms....well, to be honest, I still love doing that, LOL.

In the last few years I've started collecting a few Lilacs, and am looking forward to learning more about them. Polly is well read on the Genus, and I'm excited to pick her brain!

I can see swelling buds on all my early bloomers, ahhh, my nose will soon be in Heaven!

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Val
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Val
Apr 26, 2010 9:22 AM CST
Has your lilac bloomed yet?

Mine is starting to bloom now. I have Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’. I also have Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ but she's a bit slower.

I'll post pics in a few days when it's opened more.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 27, 2010 5:37 AM CST
Yep, some are blooming now and a few are about finished. This one was just starting when I took this pic, but the blooms are starting to fade now. 'Miss Kim' is just now starting to open, and I can see buds on the Persian Lilac.

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Val
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Val
Apr 27, 2010 3:33 PM CST
We have a little ways to go for Miss Kim but Palibin is just starting to bloom. It should be in full bloom by this weekend but it's already perfuming the yard.

Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

Name: Val
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Val
May 6, 2010 7:39 AM CST
Palibin has been perfuming the yard but is starting to wane.

Now, Miss Kim is starting to bloom. Not a lot of blooms since I pruned too late last year, but she is still perfuming our front yard.

Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 6, 2010 11:23 PM CST
Do you find the fragrance kinda lemony? Its not like typical Lilacs, but its so nice, and after the others have finished which is another plus. My Miss Kim is covered in blooms, and is perfuming a big area. With that and all the Dianthus that just started blooming too, it's really nice to just walk into the front yard and take a deep sniff :-)
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 7:50 PM CST

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Miss Kim and Palibin are great! Nice pics. I like the fragrance. It's almost spicey compared to the sweet of the vulgaris ones. And I love the persian lilac. I think that's the one the most perfume is made from. I'll have to dig out my Father Fialas Lilacs book. It's a fantastic book, if anyone is ever looking for a book on lilacs.

Here's Rochester.

Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 7:51 PM CST

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Champlain

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 7:52 PM CST

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Martha Stewart

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 7:59 PM CST

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Margaret Fenicchia, an intro by Richard Fenicchia when he was the Superintendent at Highland Park in Rochester, and named for his wife.

Part of my early years were spent in Rochester, and my beloved Aunt Helen and I went very often to the park, and always to see the lilacs, so any of Mr. Fenicchias intros are special to me.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 8:02 PM CST

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Kate Sessions. This is a hyacintiflora type.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 8, 2010 8:03 PM CST

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President Hayes. Love the recurved petals.

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 9, 2010 5:42 AM CST
Glorious, Polly! I love being able to compare them and see the subtle differences.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Val
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Val
May 10, 2010 2:24 PM CST
Beautiful lilacs! They are each different yet all so pretty. I especially like the soft pink color of Champlain.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 10, 2010 5:53 PM CST

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Thanks Neal and Val. Each one of those is a good sniffer too.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 13, 2010 5:23 PM CST
Polly, do you remove suckers from your Lilacs? I recall reading somewhere about folks doing that, but haven't known the benefit. I have been removing the suckers from those in the garden beds, I like the look of a single trunk there and it makes weeding easier.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
May 13, 2010 5:36 PM CST

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I do in the garden beds, but around the edge of the lawn, no. But I do have three lilacs planted together with vulgaris alba in the center and the alba is taking over, so I would say if you have one of the vigorous ones to take the suckers off. We had been just mowing them down, but got lax.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
May 13, 2010 7:16 PM CST
vulgaris alba, that's an old fashioned white Lilac? If so, I believe I have one that was given to me as a small offset. Its doing well, and already suckering, even while small. I do have it in a garden bed, so it may be one I'll need to keep a constant eye on.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
May 13, 2010 7:34 PM CST

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Yes, it's just like the common purple one, and would take over your property if allowed.

I don't know if I ever told you about our old purple lilac. When we bought the place 24 years ago there had been a road up to an old house that had long since burnt down, around 1900. The basement of the house is still there, and the road had grown all up, so we had to put a new road in. We did that in December, and then built in the spring. But in the spring we saw the lilacs the road had gone through. What we assume was the homeowner had bought two lilacs, and planted one at the back door and one at the front. Around the late 1800s they used to peddle lilacs door to door.

Those lilacs are now around 100 feet X 40 feet. And our roadway goes through the lilacs, and when they bulldozed for the roadway they pushed lilacs all over.

Here's a pic of a fence we put in when we first moved here. The lilacs are taking over the fence.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
May 13, 2010 7:38 PM CST

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If you notice the tree on the left, that's just this side of our roadway. The lilacs extend to the other side of the roadway.

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