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Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.
Robert A. Heinlein

Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Common Lilac Butterfly

Butterflies don't care much what lilac you plant. Common Lilac


Common Lilac

Bud a few days before opening. Common lilac


Villosa Lilac

Mix and match: This hedge is a mix of Villosa lilacs and untrimmed cotoneaster. Blooms on the lilacs in July, red leaves on the cotoneaster in fall.


Villosa Lilac

Even in winter they have interest close up. Gather these for winter dry flower arrangements.


Species Lilacs

Syringa vulgaris and S. villosa

Neither of these two lilacs are native. Indeed, one common name for S. vulgaris is "French Lilac" Three guesses as to where they were first popular.

French lilacs sucker. New ones will poke up a few inches to a few feet away from the main clump. This is a boon if you want them to close up a row. It's a nuisance if you have them poking their little green snouts up in the petunia patch a yard away.

Villosa lilacs, often called "Late Lilacs" because they bloom 3 weeks later, will send up new shoots from the base, but they don't send up shoots feet away.

French lilacs have a much stronger scent than late lilacs. Late Lilac has smaller clusters of flowers, but more of them, and tend to be a lot closer to white. Their scent is light, crisp.

Availability

In May I have these as 2 yr old seedlings. They are about 12-16 inches tall and a bit under 1/4 inch in diameter. See Seedlings

Any that don’t get sold as seedlings get potted up. I usually have a between one and a few hundred of each.

Leaf -- Lilac

Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Lilac, Common #1 Std pot (3 qt) 30 12-16 in. $12.50
Lilac, Common #2 Std pot (6 qt) -12.00 $18.00
Lilac, Common #2 Std pot (6 qt) 96 10-16 in. $18.00
Lilac, Common #2 Std pot (6 qt) 64 12-18 in. $18.00
Lilac, Common #4 Std pot (12 qt) -6.00 $25.00

Leaf -- Lilac

Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Lilac, Late #5 Std pot (15 qt) 55 2.5-3.5 ft. $25.00
Lilac, Late #6 Std pot (18 qt) 26 2-2 ft. $25.00


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