Becky what is your favorite tree? Have to say this time of the year I would say Lilac.
It brings back many memories of growing up on the farm, and mom would have several lilac trees and they smelled so good. I would love cutting them and bringing them into the house.
Here are some facts about lilacs. Lilacs symbolize love. Aside from Roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs. Of the two, Lilacs have a stronger, more intoxicating scent which carries quite a distance. The term “Lilac tree” can be mistakenly attached to any of the many varieties of Lilac bushes. Lilac shrubs/bushes grow from six to twenty feet tall. True Lilac trees, like the Peking tree Lilac and the Japanese tree Lilac, both from Asia, may reach heights over 30 feet. Lilacs are native to Eastern Europe and Asia. The colonists brought them to America in the 17th century. Lilacs can vary in shape and/or form. Some may be rounded, vase-like, tall and spreading, tall and straight or a combination of these shapes. Flowering varies between mid-spring to early summer and, unfortunately, normally only lasts about three weeks or so, depending on the species and the weather (the warmer the spring, the earlier the blooms). Lilac flowers span a wonderful array of colors (white, violet, blue, Lilac, pink, red, purple and some even bi-colored. You prune Lilacs immediately after the enjoyment of the fragrant blossoms in the late Spring/early Summer. Found that very interesting to do. Because if you don't prune, the blooms will always be on the top of the bush or tree. Lilacs were grown in America's first botanical gardens. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew them in their gardens.
We have two kinds here
The Lilac 'James Macfarlane', blooms two weeks later than Syringa vulgaris types. The true single pink flowers bloom freely. It is extremely hardy and adaptable. This lilac has an upright shape. The large clusters of deliciously scented flowers bloom in May and June and are attractive to butterflies. Lilacs should be grown in fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil.
Lilac, Miss Kim Light Purple or Lavender Flowers Blooms in Early Spring Extremely Hardy Used for Hedges, Screens, or Individually Grows 8' to 15' High with a 6' to 12' Spread Zones 3 to 7 What do you think about lilacs? Any memories to share? Till next time this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa