Lilac season has come early to Henbogle this year. I didn’t note the bloom time last year, but in 2008 our lilacs were blooming on May 23. We are about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Tonight’s temps are going to be in the low 30s, I hope the blossoms don’t get frosted. I’m sure apple and fruit growers statewide are nervous about the cold temps predicted for the next few nights.
Dan edged and weeded my new lilac hedge this afternoon, then I added some organic fertilizer, newspapers, and a thick layer of chopped up leaves mixed with compost. This hedge is just 2 years old. All the plants except an old-fashioned white I transplanted from a sucker are from Fedco. The Charles Joly, a double dark purple, is blooming for the first time. I can hardly wait for the rest to begin blooming. .
Nothing says spring like a big bouquet of lilacs scenting the room.