Lovely Lilacs

One of the pleasures of living in Tehachapi is enjoying Lilacs (Syringa) in spring.

Their requirements for winter chill and alkaline soil make them a natural choice for the garden that would benefit from a large shrub. There are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from and our local nurseries have a large variety in stock. I don’t know which variety I have, but one thing I am sure of, it is not the common Lilac. This large shrub came with the house and it has very large flowers that are a paler purple than the species, when fully open. Their heavy perfume scents the air for several weeks, and I love to cut a few blooms to bring indoors.

They don’t last long in a vase for me, but their abundance keeps an ample supply coming for weeks.

I have tried all the recommended methods of cutting and chilling, etc… to make them last longer, but to no avail. They still only last a few days inside. Maybe thats why they seem to be such a luxury to me. If any of you have some insight into keeping them longer in the vase I would appreciate knowing your secret!

About the Author

Anna Smth

Terre Verte Landscape Design began in 2003 while Master Gardener Anna Smith was the staff horticulturist for Kern Counties only botanical garden, Mourning Cloak Ranch. Read More

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