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The lilac in the backyard garden was planted shortly after the house was built. For all of these last five or six years, it has failed to blossom. Last fall, I told it that it had a choice -- it could either flower this spring or I'd pull it up by its roots (yes, I'm one of the lunatics who talks to the plants). It evidently heard me -- a close-up of one of the blossom clusters follows the picture of the shrub itself. There are many of them; it's making up for lost time!
The fragrance is every bit as delightful as the appearance. The bush took a long time to bear, but it was worth the wait!
It's now 2001, and the lilac is literally covered from head to toe in bud clusters -- evidently making up for lost time!
When I said head to toe, I wasn't kidding. The following two shots are taken from above.
With the lilac in full bloom, the fragrance wafting in the open windows is exquisite!
The lilac is early this year -- 15 April 2002, and look at the buds that are getting ready to open!
It's the end of March, 2003, and if this is any sign of what's to come, the lilac should be spectacular in a few weeks!!
Here we are at the end of April, and the lilac has begun to put on a spectacular show!
It's the second week of April, 2004, and judging by the buds, the lilac should be spectacular this year.
A week later and the blossoms have started to open.
As last year, it's the second week of April, 2005, and the lilac is literally covered with buds like these; the backyard should be overwhelmed with fragrance in a few short weeks.
Ten days later and the lilac has bloomed, filling the backyard with its intensely sweet baby-powder fragrance.
It's the first week of April, 2006 and to judge by the buds as typified by this one, the lilac should be putting on quite a show in a few weeks.
A week or so later, and the blooms have exploded. I wish I could share the delightful fragrance with you!
Thanks to my former landscaper, the lilac didn't bloom at all in 2007 or 2008. Now that it's spring 2009, they are back to blooming and the fragrance was most welcome!
It's the first day of Spring 2010 and judging by buds such as this which cover it, the lilac should put on quite a show this year!
A couple of days near 90 degrees have the lilac just about ready to bloom.
All of the blooms have now opened and are starting to age. The delicate scent is exquisite!
It's early April 2011 and judging by the buds, the lilac is going to put on quite a show this year!
As with everything else in the garden in 2012, the lilac formed buds early and came into bloom early. In this sequence of photos beginning in late March and continuing through mid April, you can see the progression.
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