Blue, not Purple

The lilacs illuminated

in the  morning sun

hard to describe the color

so soft, finely spun.


Blue, not purple

like faded blue jeans

softer than the morning sky

of a pastel azure blue.


Fragrant so soft

like power on the air

a treasure of the morn

wish we all could be there.

Raymond Foss

The month of May, the flower month, brings such wonderful blooms and fragrance in the garden.

One of the bloomers that is so anticipated is the lilac bush.

Lilacs carry memories for so many.

How fleeting and delightful they are.

About Lilacs

Type-Lilac-syringa vulgaris (the common lilac)  is a small tree or shrub.   Lilacs are related to the olive tree.

Zone-Lilacs grow from gardening zone 3-7.  They are very hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -60 degrees. Lilacs can live for hundreds of years.  Your grandmothers lilac is probably still growing!

Sun exposure-Lilacs grow best in full sun, and will bloom best with at least 6 hours of sun.  They can take some partial shade, but won’t bloom as well.

Soil-Most any soil will grow lilacs, but a good loamy soil is best.  They do not like a lot of fertilizer, and do not like wet feet.  Just an application of compost and mulch after pruning will do.

Color-Lilacs come in many colors-white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, purple, red, yellow and in bi-colored varieties.

Height-Lilacs can grow quite large, up to 25 feet tall, and this is one of the reasons to prune them back.

Width-Lilacs can also grow quite wide, and send out many suckers around their base.  It is best to keep them pruned back or they will make a messy looking shrub.  I propagate my lilac by digging up the suckers and potting them up.

Bloom Time-Lilac blooms in mid to late May for about 3 weeks.  The bloom time is fleeting, but, oh so beautiful and fragrant.  There are some re-blooming varieties.

Lilac is a good looking shrub with pretty, shiny leaves.  It is easy to grow, is low maintenance, and very hardy.

It attracts butterflies. And it is also edible, and the flowers can be used as a garnish.

Lilac makes a lovely cut flower and brings the wonderful fragrance inside.  To make the flowers last longer, the stems need to be smashed with a hammer so they can up take water.

Lilacs bloom on old wood, and should be pruned yearly, right after bloom time.  If you wait too long to prune, you will prune off many of next years blooms.  If your shrub is badly overgrown, it can be rejuvenated by cutting the whole thing back to the ground-it will not bloom the following year, but will have a nice, compact shape with many blooms in a few years.

My lilac bush was given to me by my mother many years ago, and I call it Grandma’s Lilac.  It has bloomed faithfully for me all these years.  I love it.  Now, if only it would bloom longer!

Do you have memories of lilac?


Romans 5:1

Since we have been justified through faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.