Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Lilacs Are Blooming!

Good evening,

I know that title probably doesn't excite many, but it sure does me. I will tell you about my lilacs. I have lived here for almost 33 years. I moved in with my husband after our wedding. This place had no lilacs.  Where I grew up we had lilacs. They are my favorite flower and I look forward to their blooms every spring. Now I tried to plant lilacs here more times than I can remember. I have transplanted starts from friends, my MIL, my parents' home, and several different mail order companies. They never survive more than 2 seasons. I decided that I just wasn't supposed to have lilacs. So I would just enjoy them at other homes. Then about 5 years ago, our daughter, Carolyn gave me some starts from hers to try one more time. She gave me several starts, but as usual, they all died, except one. (grin) I was so excited when it survived. I added some fertilizer and blood meal. I put a guard around it. I carried water to it. When I had goats, I warned them to leave my lilac bush alone.LOL I didn't quite trust them, so Kevin helped me put a fence around it.LOL I have babied this plant so much. Then  last year, I decided there was no use. It would never have blooms, but just keep spreading and be green. I was disappointed, but ok with that. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find blooms this week while out walking in the yard! I have a blooming lilac!
Now I need to get back to babying it. It needs some trimming around the base. Aren't they beautiful?
I wish you could smell them. They smell so wonderful. I know, I am kind of lame, but I do love lilacs. LOL

While out and about in the yard, I took a couple of pictures of our fruit trees. Looks like we may have some cherries this year. These are tart cherries that make great pies. Our original tree blew down several years ago, but a couple of trees came up from dropped cherries. They are just now starting to put enough cherries on to do some good.
We have a couple of apple trees. I was shocked to see blooms on them. Our goats were not kind to them, so I just figured they would never bear fruit. I hope this means we might actually get a few apples. I need to get my books out and reread about pruning. It will have to wait till next winter, but if they are actually going to have fruit, I need to start pruning again.
We also have a couple of pear trees, 3 peach trees, some raspberries, blackberries, and grapes. Maybe this will be a fruitful year! (grin)

Thank you all for your ideas to get me out of my slump. I think I am on my way to getting my mojo back. I have worked on my Birds and Blooms for 2 evenings in a row. I have just a little bit of the top border left to quilt. I have also been looking through some books and magazines to spark an interest in a new project. Also thinking about a fabric shopping trip. Yep, I am slowly getting back into the groove. (grin)  Bren and Chris asked what tube piecing was. I think it is actually called tube quilting, but it looks more like piecing to me. LOL Anyway, here is a link that shows how to do it. It really does look neat, but mine didn't line up quite the way theirs did. That's ok, I figured it out anyway. LOL I hope this link works. If not, I will try again.

Well, time to get off the computer and do some quilting. (grin) Everyone have a nice evening. Thanks for visiting.



Granny J said...

We moved many times when I was growing up and my mother always planted lilacs. I don't have lilacs but whenever I smell lilacs I always think of her. Yours look very healthy.

I'm glad you're getting your groove back. *grin* I can't wait to see your next creation.

Pat said...

I understand about your lilacs...had a great bush that was my first MOther's Day present......tree people ruined it when cutting down a nearby tree. They bought me a new one but never did as well as the original. When we moved, I dug it up and brought it here. Now....5 years later, it has a decent amount of blooms but still doesn't compare to the original.....which had such sentimental value for me. I'm glad you have blooms now...LOVE the smell of lilacs!

~Joann~ said...

Winona~ Your Lilac bush is just beautiful. I love the smell and the look of lilacs though they aren't my favorite flower. We used to have a tree and I always managed to bring some into the house to give it a good smell. Enjoy them! Glad to hear about your mojo now can you send some to me??I am getting closer and closer to the end of the week and so far have only spent about 30 minutes total on the shower curtain.

Libby said...

That lilac bush is beautiful!! I can only imagine how good it must smell!

Crispy said...

I love lilacs too, you should see my jungle beside the garage!! I need to get in there to prune before they bloom.

Hooray for getting your mojo back...gotta check out that link :0)


Wykate said...

Mmm, I can smell them from here. Beautiful!

Laurie said...

Oh Winona, I hear you on the lilacs. I can bury my face in them everytime I walk by someone's bushes lol. Yea there goes that crazy lady again lol.
Where I lived before my divorce we had a whole hedge of them out front. When I moved in here there was one in the front in the middle of the lawn plus a hedge of them but when the guy did the lawn he tore them all up. He used a bobcat as the former tenants had let them go quite bad so they were a danger on the sidewalk for people walking by. Geezzzz I would have trimmed them up.
You've made me think I should get one and plant it out front again. I can smell them now. You enjoy those blooms you have and hope you get many more :-)

Nanbon44 said...

I miss my lilac bushes, I had a yard filled with them in PA and the smell was wonderful, now I live in Florida and they just won't grow here. But my citrus trees are in bloom and they smell great.

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