They came, they saw, they bought!
Hey, it works!! We had our first effort at the new farmer's market today--absolutely horrible weather, COLD and BLUSTERY. The turnout was quite poor overall (who can blame them?) but the French pastel pink tulips sold well--and no one balked at the price (hmmm).
Kristen and Jeanne, I'm delighted to report that your method for post-harvest lilac treatment seems to suit my blossoms quite well--THANKS! To my utter surprise, numerous people commented specifically on the lilacs, "oh, I thought those couldn't be grown in the mountains" and "oh, I haven't smelled lilac in 10 (etc.) years, since I first moved here". My husband joked, we ought to charge a nickle a sniff--right up there with my latest idea to harvest dandelions and charge kids a nickle a blow--but I digress.
So, a brief period of gloating over a couple of glasses of wine this afternoon, then a frantic effort at harvesting more tulips and covering the rest in anticipation of frost tonight (it's spitting snow as I write).
Anyhoo, you are all a huge help to this newbie commercial grower, and I wanted to share this small success. Suzy, you're right--it's a great feeling handing a bouquet to a happy grower!