James MacFarlane lilac
Just came in from planting one of these lilacs down in the orchard near the property line as part of my future hedge screen. It was on clearance at Lowes for $4.49. How could I resist?
I may have planted it a little too close to a multi-floral rose but that wild shrub is in decline, so perhaps there won't be much of a problem. Not that I hate multi-floral rose in places, makes a great screen; but gets out of control pretty quickly where you don't want it.
I'm anxious to see how much bloom I'll get next Spring, there are lots of buds, three pretty decent leaders but not all with leaves. I can tell it had been pruned back pretty hard but is appx. 3' right now.
The soil is awfully dry still, and it even rained overnight and once really hard this morning. I know you're not suppose to amend the soil much but I mixed some good composted dirt in with that which I took out and then put it in the planting hole first and gave it a good drink.