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I have not as many but I to love them,my mother had over 70 varities at her home in stone allerton many years ago.
and they joy it too!
I was always told to plant them while the soil warm in oct and not after dec.
Hi,my lilac after 36 years has succomed to a virus,at least that is what I think as a tree opposite me has also died.a bit sad really.
When i was on Hoilday in Norfolk, we saw a red kite .we had stop in a lay by near some fishing lakes or rivers and one was flying over head,lovely to see.
I had lilac bushes and tree for thirty-six years which I took as cuttings from a derlict site.I just took stick cuttings and shoved them in the ground and they have grown and moved with us three times .Alas a virus has struck and they have died but of course they dont go on forever .
It has been a lovely summer but not all plants did well and keeping up with it all even thou I am now retired seems to need more time.
I prune mine(thirty odd years old) in october no later ,leaving the old two stems cutting off the leaves and to the height I reguire.it is grown out side .
I have no idea what flower your looking at but if its purple and used for cakes it may well be sweet violets.They grow wild everywhere.