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The Queen of Shrubs

The easy-to-grow and fragrant lilac was brought from Europe to New England by the early colonists. Today this “Queen of Shrubs” is ubiquitous in Massachusetts.

Better Homes and Gardens notes that:

“Lilacs are known for their hardy nature and long lives—many lilac shrubs live to be more than 100 years old. Because of their life span, they often survive longer than the home of the gardener that planted them. So, if you’re on a country road and see a few seemingly-random lilac bushes, there was most likely a house or farm there in the last century.”

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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11 Comments

  1. Been missing your great posts. I love lilacs. I can almost smell these.

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    1. Thanks. I’m trying to let some, but gardening sure gets in the way in Spring

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    2. Ha! Hate it when I accidentally send before I’m done! I am trying to keep posting, but gardening so gets in the way in Spring!

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      1. Yes, pretty and low maintenance!

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  2. Lilacs are lovely. I have been thinking about planting one for years, but everywhere I turn in this and other neighborhoods, I can see and smell them while I’m out and about. 🙂

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    1. Lilacs (and the soon to bloom laurel) are my oldy-fashioned favorites!

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  3. Beautiful! I can almost smell the Lilac!

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    1. It was a great year for lilacs!

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