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More on the garden
Well, yesterday's entry was wrong, the small bleeding hearts are blooming too, at least I noticed they were this morning. Hooray for bleeding hearts!

In other news the lilac bush is getting ready to bloom. It bloomed for the first time last year after not doing so for a the first few years after I planted it. Last year there was just one single cluster and one double cluster of blooms. This year there are seven clusters of blooms, some of which are actually double or triple clusters. I'm very psyched. I love lilacs and I was worried that I didn't have enough light and air circulation for them to do well in my garden. I might even be psyched enough to dig up the huge ugly bush and replace it with another lilac.

The daylilies are all up it seems, though I have not yet checked all the newest ones to make sure they all survived. Lightning Bug needs to be divided. I should do that real soon now, and give half to twe, since its a mini and would probably do well in a container garden.


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remcat From: remcat Date: May 3rd, 2005 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You know the trick about pruning lilacs, right? I lost a whole year of blooms due to wrong-headed pruning my first year in Tewksbury.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 3rd, 2005 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
No, actually. I have never pruned this bush. It was pretty darn small when I got it, and I wanted to leave it to its own devices while it was getting established. I was considering looking it up in my gardening book after it finishes blooming this year, but if you want to tell me now, that's less work for me. (Not to mention you can probably give a clearer explanation.)
remcat From: remcat Date: May 3rd, 2005 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
The key thing to know is that lilacs form their bloom buds for next year almost right away after the flowers from this year die -- so it's important to do any pruning RIGHT AWAY and not wait until fall (like I did). If you wait, any pruning you do will cut off next year's flowers.

Also, my mom told me last year that sucker-style lilacs aren't meant to get more than an inch or two in diameter before they die off. I had been pruning back all the suckers at dirt level, for a "cleaner" look, but it's actually important to let them grow up so they can replace mature stems that will eventually die off.

Hope that helps! Everything I know is hearsay, so if you learn something else -- let me know :).
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 3rd, 2005 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, thanks. I was assuming that they were something that got pruned right after they bloomed, but hadn't realized they were really picky about it. It also sounds like they should be pruned by thinning the older growth. I'll check the big gardening book when I get home.
twe From: twe Date: May 3rd, 2005 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay, daylilies!

Woo woo!
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