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Re: Lilac in SC

We have a long row of the old fashioned lilac but they look terrible. We had a wetter than usual year but they look like they burned up. They always get mildew every year and it could be that the mildew was so bad the leaves curled up instead of dried up. I still love the smell. They get too much shade now too so they don't bloom as well as they used to. I pruned them very heavy a few years ago hoping to revive them. That worked pretty good for a couple of years but I think I need to do it again.
where it is cool and sunny and windy
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lilac in SC

In our area, Blue Skies and Miss Kim are the two lilacs that manage the
hot, humid summers.  The others struggle and get diseased.  I have Miss
Kim...it is slow growing and more bushy that the traditional, more northern
varieties but it is healthy.

Bonnie ETN Zone 7

[Original Message]
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 10/24/2007 8:20:03 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lilac in SC

Good luck, Andrea.  My grandmother who lived in the Florida Panhandle
often told me how much she missed the lilacs she remembered from her
childhood in upper NY state.  For years I sent her lilac plants that were
advertsed to bloom without cold winter weather.  None of them ever
survived, but then that was a bit farther south than you are, and maybe
there are new cultivars.  Good luck. Auralie

In a message dated 10/24/2007 5:06:13 AM Eastern Standard Time,
andreah@hargray.com writes:

I've been meaning to do a garden chat report on my Syringa 'Blue Skies.'
far, so good. It's growing, no disease, and no keeling over from the
heat. It
hasn't bloomed yet but I didn't really expect it to as it is still very
I have it in afternoon shade but it gets a good bit of sun in the
morning. So,
for those of you outside of Lilac zone this one seems to be working. It's
hardy 5-9 and supposedly doesn't need chill hours to bloom. Will let you
if that ever happens.

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