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Oooh, the sweet scent of Lilacs by Marjorie Wallace
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Steilacoom, Washington

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The sweet and delightful scent of Lilacs is one of the most magical fragrances in the garden. I would grow them just for that alone. It brings to mind the most tender of sweet memories and the most hopeful of our dreams…

The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia;
Lilacs are popular shrubs in parks and gardens throughout the temperate zone. In addition to the species listed above, several hybrids and numerous cultivars have been developed. The term French lilac is often used to refer to modern double-flowered cultivars, thanks to the work of prolific breeder Victor Lemoine.
A white, double-flowered cultivar

Lilacs flower on old wood, and produce more flowers if unpruned. If pruned, the plant responds by producing fast-growing young vegetative growth with no flowers, in an attempt to restore the removed branches; a pruned lilac often produces few or no flowers for one to five or more years, before the new growth matures sufficiently to start flowering. Unpruned lilacs flower reliably every year. Despite this, a common fallacy holds that lilacs should be pruned regularly. If pruning is required, it should be done right after flowering is finished, before next year’s flower buds are formed. Lilacs generally grow better in slightly alkaline soil.

Lilac bushes can be prone to powdery mildew disease, which is caused by poor air circulation.

The wood of lilac is close-grained, diffuse-porous, extremely hard and one of the densest in Europe. The sapwood is typically cream-coloured and the heartwood has various shades of brown and purple. Lilac wood has traditionally been used for engraving, musical instruments, knife handles etc. When drying, the wood has a tendency to be encurved as a twisted material, and to split into narrow sticks. The wood of Common Lilac is even harder than for example that of Syringa josikaea.
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lilac, purple, flower, spring, springtime

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Comments

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • Thank you so much, Debbie. :~)

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful lilac Marjorie

  • When ever I see them I think they are magic. Thank you, Lynne.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!!! xoxoxo

  • Thank you, Sally! :~)

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful and I can almost smell them here.

  • Oh yes, I know. Just the sight of them brings the fragrance to mind.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 4 years ago

    How pretty!

  • Thank you, Karen.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    OH LILAC!!!!!! How I love the fragrance!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you SIta. I love them too. Do you have Lilacs in Texas?

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 4 years ago

    I love Lilacs, they are so beautiful and the fragrance is so yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image!!

  • Thank you so much for your joyful words and for the favorite. :~)

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    Outstanding work

  • Thank you so much, John.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 4 years ago

    Ohh thats gorgeous dear Marjie…I can smell the sent from here.

  • Yes, they effect me the very same way. Thank you so much, Lyn for your sweet comments.

    – Marjorie Wallace

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