I know we are sorely behind most of the country when it comes to Spring flowers. But it's finally the height of lilac season here in Calgary and I'm celebrating the bounty! I adore lilacs and have been bringing bunches into the house for the past week or so.
At my parents' home out east, we had a lilac bush in front of the house for as long as I can remember, and I always adored it. When I was home in May, I was thrilled to see it breaking bud. And at my grandmother's place there was a whole row of lilac bushes separating the house from the road, so I am very nostalgic for these lovely flowers.
They have an old-fashioned country charm but look regal in any interior. They are very strongly-scented though, and I would not advise having them anywhere near a dinner table.
When we moved into our Calgary home, I was delighted to see a great hedge of lilac bushes in the front yard (below), the same lilac colour as the ones I grew up with:
We also have a miniature lilac (below) in the front yard. It produces a smaller, darker-coloured flower which also has a strong scent.
Lilacs need to be pruned right after flowering since flowers appear the next Spring on "old wood", meaning that flowers appear on the growth from the previous summer.
We prune our big bush every two years to prevent it from growing too tall and unweildy and prune the little one every year to keep it neat and round.
Hope you enjoyed the wee tour of our front yard.