Close up of purple lilac blossoms

Lilac Time! Six on Saturday 5-12-18

The lilacs have blossomed, along with the crab apple, pear, viburnum, and cherry trees.  It’s been the spring plague for seasonal allergy sufferers, as this year so much is blooming simultaneously.  The forsythia is just now dropping its petals, and the narcissi have faded this week.

The long wait for spring was answered by a beautiful burst of plant life.  Time to get those pampered seedlings into the ground.

Cosmos seedling next to planting hole
A cosmos seedling is ready to grow


Our lilac bush (Syringa vulgaris) is finally taller than the browsing line, so we are enjoying a fully blooming crown.  The smaller Korean lilacs (Syringa meyeri) will follow in a few weeks.

The purple lilac just beginning to bloom next to the deck
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)


One of the first perennials to show its growth, the rhubarb is looking healthy and full. So far, not many slug holes!

Multiple green leaves of rhubarb looks healthy and full in spring.
The rhubarb is looking good


Pulmonaria’s blue flowers are one of my all-time favorites.

Pulmonaria has spotted light and dark green foliage and true blue flowers
Pulmonaria shows its true blue


We lost a crab apple two years ago after an extended drought.  It was a purple leaf variety and not as hardy as the common ones.

A serendipitous stop at the home improvement store led me to this little weeping cherry at a bargain price.  Fitting it into the back of my wagon was an interesting puzzle.  Luckily, the weeping branches were flexible.

a newly planted weeping cherry
Weeping cherry survives the journey home.


The last of the daffodils is ‘Sun disc.”  It’s such a cute little thing!

Sun Disc form small clumps with numerous blooms per bulb
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’


That’s it for this week. To see photos of more gardens from around the world, visit The Propagator.


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15 comments on “Lilac Time! Six on Saturday 5-12-18”
  1. A. JoAnn says:

    Any time! Missing your crew 🙂

  2. A. JoAnn says:

    Yes, unfortunately. These are inside the fence and deer net

  3. tablefor5nyc says:

    Your gardens are looking beautiful. Things are hectic with us right now but would love to make a visit at some point and see them. Though I also love seeing your yard with fresh covered snow (not dirty like our city snow!!).

  4. grandmajlc says:

    Do deer eat pulmonaria?

  5. A. JoAnn says:

    Yes, they aren’t very pretty when not in bloom, Mine bends to the right, as if to get away from the deer. Maybe staking will help. You are also right, the fragrance is hard to beat. I think only the lily-of-the-valley is sweeter. Also, our American basswood trees in bloom have a wonderful scent. So many layers to gardening, right?!

  6. A. JoAnn says:

    I still haven’t told my husband! (He says weeping-type trees always look sad.) I wonder how long it will take him to notice,,, 😉

  7. A. JoAnn says:

    Thanks, Jane!

  8. A. JoAnn says:

    You are so right! The leaves of pulmonaria look great for the entire growing season.

  9. Pulmonaria is a favourite of mine too and one of the few flowers we find room for – as our plot is rather dominated by veg! Really enjoyed this 6 thank you

  10. Love a pretty Lilac…..that colour is gorgeous.

  11. Ali says:

    That weeping cherry is lovely. Pulmonaria is one of my favourites too.

  12. I love a waft of lilac. My neighbours have a very overgrown lilac which basically is their garden and right now is the only time in the year when I envy them!

  13. March Picker says:

    Congrats on adopting a new cherry tree! I love our weeping cherry and know you will have many good years together. 😉

  14. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Pulmonaria is a plant that was new to me when I began blogging. It’s not easy to find here. I can see why people find it so attractive- both flowers and leaves. Your lilacs are lovely too, and the weeping cherry will be a wonderful addition to your garden. Great flowers for a Six next Spring!

  15. fredgardener says:

    The pulmonaria’s flowers are beautiful but the leaves too !
    On the other hand, it will be interesting to see the weeping cherry in bloom… it will certainly be wonderful ?

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