Landscape Photo #6205: Three types of Lilacs

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
May 18, 2017 12:48 PM CST
New house came with these....
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One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 18, 2017 12:59 PM CST
Those look exactly like what I got from my mom years ago, and are about the same size. For my own personal list, I have ID'd these as Syringa 'Alba', S. 'Lavender Lady,' and S. 'Mr. Lincoln.' I don't upload my personal photos to these best-guess cultivars (because I have no idea if I am correct or not), but I do like each of my plants to have its own entry as I track things like bloom time, where situated, etc. Mom got the white and light lavender lilacs from her mom, and she always called the dark lavender one a 'french lilac' so I just picked Mr. Lincoln as a likely choice some 50 plus years ago. The white has the strongest fragrance, then the light lavender, then the dark. I also note in My List that I am guessing on the cultivar. I've done this with many gifted plants, which would be really hard to ID otherwise.
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
May 18, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Thanks so much, Deb! I am so glad to hear which cultivars these may be. :)
They are amazingly prolific bloomers. I've cut huge bunches for the neighbors before this photo was taken.....
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
May 18, 2017 4:46 PM CST
Happy to help, and as I said, I really have no idea how accurate my guesses are, but I do like to track each plant individually. My white is a tad slower to bloom than the two lavenders, although they do all share bloom time (the white just lasts a bit longer). You may already know this, but best time to prune them is right after bloom. I usually pull down the branches and cut off the spent blooms, although you can also leave them for the birds to snack on. The white and light lavender sucker quite freely and I've shared them with lots of folks. The smaller dark lavender not as much. I like to underplant with bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica), which also multiply freely and seem to be a good companion for the lilacs. Nothing says 'spring' quite like a lovely bouquet of lilacs perfuming the air!
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