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Thursday, 19 September 2019

FFF407 - LILACS

Syringa vulgaris (lilac or common lilac) is a species of flowering plant in the olive family Oleaceae, native to the Balkan Peninsula, where it grows on rocky hills. This species is widely cultivated as an ornamental and has been naturalised in other parts of Europe (including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy), as well as much of North America. It is not regarded as an aggressive species, found in the wild in widely scattered sites, usually in the vicinity of past or present human habitations.

Most garden plants of S. vulgaris are cultivars, the majority of which do not exceed 4–5 m tall. Between 1876 and 1927, the nurseryman Victor Lemoine of Nancy introduced over 153 named cultivars, many of which are considered classics and still in commerce today. Lemoine's "French lilacs" extended the limited colour range to include deeper, more saturated hues, and they also introduced double-flowered "sports", with the stamens replaced by extra petals. Illustrated here is the hybrid 'Agincourt Beauty' that grows in our garden.

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8 comments:

  1. Hi! Very interesting lilacs and a face of Buddist statue. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Amazing! Have a nice weekend, dear Nick.
    Regards, Nicole

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  3. I remember when lilacs were in vogue in several colors, you saw them everywhere. But as you know fashion wax and wane:) Thanks for hosting!

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  4. I love lilacs, wish mine would grow better, I used to have white and purple ones.

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  5. Ah, lilacs! They smell so sweet!

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  6. I have one lilac tree and just love it...it has flowers featuring purple and white swirls, so pretty up close. Around here, it seems every farmer's wife had a lilac tree by the house which interested me as at home in Newfoundland, the fisherman's wives also favoured a lilac tree in the yard.

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