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10 Johnson's Blue geraniums and 2 Katherine Havemeyer lilac trees!

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Liz from Cumbria

Lovely Nor

Enjoy - I adore the smell when the lilac blossoms. I've got a baby lilac growing in a pot in my yard, cutting given by a friend and it's thriving.

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sam from worthing

nors stuff

how lovely.

how big are your lilac trees?

cos what i have learn't esp from buying from tinterweb/newspapers etc.

is to for the first year to pot your tree in a much large pot this year, with good mulch around the base and sides, mulch is a good preferably home grown compost, if not go to garden centre and get a bag. and keep your trees in a shady/sunshiney part of the garden, ie half and half of shade/sun....just for the first year of recieving.

then second year, ie this time next year or a tad earlier, trees in uk like being planted in april/may.....plant in hole that is at least one spade depth deep and 1 spade width wider...and plant a tube - old piece of down pipe/small guttering into the hole and use the bottom end of pop bottle as a cap, and then plant with same/similar mulch...the piping is there for the first 2 years to enable root watering, ie, remove lid (pop bootle bottom) and use a whole watering can to water in - at least every 2 days, esp if you get a hot hot hot summer...and then a year later you can remove the pipe and leave to nature to water.

i too love lilacs, some stunning blossoms and wonderful smells.

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Chazza

Lilacs

There were tons of wild lilacs all over Germany Austria and Italy, particularly the very deep purple ones.

I love them, but not close to the building, I've had one come up persistently through concrete.

My gran would not allow them in the house but I never found out why.

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nichola

White lilac

I've got a white lilac tree in the garden -- it's about 2.5 metres high, several years old. It's next to a huge bay tree hedge which surrounds 2/3 of the property. I've just had the hedge heavily pruned (years overdue) and the lilac is more exposed. Wondering when I should feed it, and with what. It hasn't had a lot of flowers over the years so I'd like to encourage it.

Any suggestions?

I'm in Melbourne, so my seasons are 'upside down'. :)

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nichola

in other words....

June 1 is our first day of winter.....

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sandra

Lilac

Bay is one greedy plant, not happy having neighbours !

What do you feed it with ?
Do you give it a good mulch early Spring ?

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Sam - they are about half a metre high. I was rather hoping to plant them in a bare space of the garden though. Maybe I ought to rethink....?

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sandra

Lilacs

You see them all over the UK growing in railway stations,derelict areas etc. that have never been tended.

Bung them in with a good bit of compost, splay out the roots and water regularly their first year if dry. Give 'em a feed after 6 weeks or so and apart from that ignore. Next early Spring another dose of food and a mulch. Even then they will be spoilt !!

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They are all planted and look happy. We have run the geraniums along the back of the garden, but I need about 10 more to fill it all in, we have a neighbour who has some and she is goign to divide up some this weekend and bring them round. The lilac trees look good, all fed, and being watered daily.

 
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