Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I Miss The Lilacs

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I'm a transplant.  I've been a southern girl for nearly twenty years. The only thing I miss about the Midwest, besides the fam, is the lilacs. There's no sweeter scent on earth. Nothing compares. Not roses, heather or honeysuckle. It adds a bit of heaven to its earthly surroundings. Unfortunately, the South's weather just isn't a lilac's forte, though with global warming/cooling that could change.  Anyhoo, I wanted a sweet  fragrant bush in my garden and since I can't have lilacs I researched and settled on gardenias. Climbing roses were also listed as having a sweet smell, but I'm all about easy and even my Knockouts require constant vigilance against pesky little, leaf-eating insects. (Anybody out there know of a sweet smelling, hardy climber that doesn't require a lot of care?)
I got my gardenia (and a dianthus that was on sale:) this weekend. We'll see if their fragrance compensates for not having lilacs.
Anyone out there grow gardenias? Are they hardy? Do you enjoy them?

38 comments:

  1. I do like gardenias but have a brown thumb where they are concerned and have stopped buying them to kill.
    Love lilacs and while I probably shouldn't rub your nose in it, I am pleased to say that our white lilac has had pups and there are now five white lilacs.

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    1. So you have exotic birds that eat out of your hand and lilacs. You are a goddess among women.
      I imagine it's more the zone than a brown thumb for your gardenias.

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  2. I recall we had a lilac bush in our garden when I was young. Don't see many around where I am now living.
    Enjoyed your post and pics.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. Sounds like lilacs are enjoyed around the world.

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  3. I am not really a gardener, but I know I love lilacs. The buds on the neighbour's lilac tree are getting fat, soon it will flower. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Enjoy them for me.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  4. I couldn't tell one from the other, so we kinda suck in that department lol

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    1. You sound like the HH:) He cuts the flowers and leaves the weeds. Heh.

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  5. Can't tell one flower from the other either.
    I'd suggest wisteria for a climber (that one I do know) but it would take over everything.

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    1. Ha. Neither can the HH. In fact, he thought wisterias were lilacs:) I've heard they are invasive. But they're awfully pretty.

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  6. I kill flowers! I have a brown thumb! Not green!

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  7. I am a huge fan of Lilacs and we have them in our yard along with Hydrangeas and Bridal Bushes...but I know nothing of Gardenias except that they, too, are beautiful 💕 Hugs 💕

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    1. Hi Jan,
      Glad to see you:)
      Your yard sounds lovely.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  8. We grew a gardenia once and it flourished, unlike the daphne that did not survive the same transplant that the gardenia did. We had a lilac tree, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the smell. I remember that it was very nice.

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    1. I hope that mine flourishes as yours did.

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  9. I love gardenias, but the flowers are fragile. At least white gardenias. When used in corsages they turn brown very quickly. I love lilacs, but they do a number on the Spring allergies.

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    1. Hmm, I wonder if Gardenias affect allergies.

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  10. I just noticed your book title, “Miss Redmond’s Deception.” I wonder if there is a connection between my grandfather, Granville Redmond and your Miss Redmond?

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my Guest Post (Alex's site). It's good to meet you.

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    1. Fascinating about your grandfather:)
      Thanks for stopping by, Lynn.

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    2. Hi, Lynn. I stopped by but couldn't leave a message. I got an invalid security token message.

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  11. We have a lilac bush and hope it will be ok after the ice storm we had. I love lilacs and anything that smells so pretty. My friend grew climbing roses and didn’t do much to them and they look beautiful! I wish I knew more about climbing flowers but I can read about the flowers and do what the experts say only for th8ngs to die. Plants dislike me but they love my hubby so since he took over, flowers are blooming. I visited someone on the A to Z challenge who talks about plants...I wonder if you went there and looked over who is talk8ng dirt..literally, you might get some answers

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    1. As long as your husband gets them to grow all you need do is sit back and enjoy them:)
      Thanks for the heads up on talking dirt.

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  12. Hi Sandra - it's funny ... it's the one plant my mother pointed out she did not like the smell off - no idea why. They do have a lovely perfume though, as too roses, gardenias ... ask at the local nursery what does well in your area ... cheers Hilary

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  13. HA !!!!! you would like ta have lilac's....I would like to have azalea :) ☺☺♥♥

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  14. I don't know squat about gardenias but I am surprised the lilac doesn't grow there. I know you are hotter than we are, but we get plenty of super hot days in the summer and the spring blooms seem to be the temps you'd be having around now -- especially in your area. I don't understand. I'm lucky -- my neighbor has a lilac tree outside my window. It blocks the sun a bit but I have to say that for about a week or two in June, it's fabulous!

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    1. You'd think, wouldn't you. My understanding is they need the cold weather to rejuvenate.

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  15. I used to go down the alleyway and harvest them. I planted 20 at my daughters

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  16. I have a lilac tree and I love her. She is spreading out with all different shoots and I'm going to let her grow, since we had to cut down some very large trees last year. Weird you can't grow them where you are? I can't help you with gardena's, sorry. Good luck Sandra! Big Hugs!

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  17. Lilacs are just lovely ...

    All the best Jan

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