Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today's Flower..........

This is an old lilac bush we have on the property and has been there many years.  It's planted beside/under a big tree, and I find it only flowers on the front of the bush.  Any tips/suggestions on what I should do to get it to flower all over?  The scent from this bush is heavenly, making it a pleasure to be around.






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15 comments:

Denise said...

Those are gorgeous Gill. I can only imagine how good they smell. Hope someone can help with your question. Thanks for sharing.

jabblog said...

Beautiful! I guess the answer to your problem lies in pruning but more than that I couldn't say.

Stephanie V said...

That was one of the nicest parts of traveling in Ontario in the late spring. Every farm had old lilacs somewhere on the property. And, even where the old house had disappeared, the lilacs still bloomed. Beautiful.

I would assume that it's the shade from the other tree that keeps the lilac from blooming all over.

Jenn Jilks said...

They do need sun, ad pruning. I always cut off the blossoms after they are spent. They don't like being hidden by another tree.

Kathy said...

I love the close-up pictures!

Marilyn said...

My mom has old lilacs, too, about 70 years old. If you want them to bloom every year, you must trim back the old blossoms. I'm thinking hers only bloom on the side that gets the sunshine as they are next to a garage. Everything in your posts is so green and lush! Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Evelyn said...

i would love to know too as I have a lilac bush that is overgrown and only flowers in the front

Carletta said...

I think pruning as well. The air might need to be circulating more around it.
It is very lovely!
They so have a wonderful scent. I know you enjoy it.

Gwyn said...

Greetings from Alaska!
You are so blessed to have such a beautiful lilac bush growing on your property. I can smell them from here, awww. I can't wait for ours to bloom. Have a wonderful day.:)

The Witch said...

Gill,
Your Lilacs need to be pruned after they bloom, dead blooms shouldn't remain on the tree. They also need Epsom salts mixed into the soil.
We have lots of these tree's and I pick all the blossoms I can and bring them inside for that beautiful scent.
You may also be able to sell them to your local florist because they are really a favorite in wedding bouquets, especially mixed together with Lily of the Valley.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the lilacs!! Your pictures are so clear it really helps you to imagine how wonderful they smell!! Sorry I've no advice for you about the bush. When we lived in Alaska we had a really big one in front of our house that never bloomed until a volcano erupted and ash fell on it. It was full of blooms the next year. I think the ash added whatever was missing from the soil.

Rosamaria said...

The flowers are gorgeous and if they smell good...uau!

Good and healthy week, Eden!

EG Wow said...

I'm fond of old lilac bushes! I have a lilac too...but not so old as yours. Mine was a "baby" many years ago that my husband and I dug out of an abandoned farm garden. (The abandoned farm is now a subdivision.)

The Handmaden said...

I love the scent of lilac. I also love your various headers that change with the seasons, always with a beautiful photo.

Karine said...

This are lovely photos of your lilac bush Gill, they're one of my favorite features of spring and I often stop when I come across them to smell their flowers :o)