From the Garden: Lilacs, Dogs & Potaotes
Working in my garden today, I just had to photograph the lilacs. Again. I do it every year, I can’t help it. I love looking at the flowers up close (click to enlarge). In addition to cutting my own lilacs and putting them in vases all around the house for Easter week, my ritual also includes late-night raids of my neighbors’ plants. I know. This is perhaps an obsession. But they are my very favorite Spring flower. Plus, I only cut from shrubs that have tons of flowers so I know they won’t be missed. Lilacs don’t last long once cut, but here’s my harvesting secret for maximum longevity: cut them early in the a.m. (or late at night, depending) and put them in ice water. Also, cut them when the stalk is half-bloomed, like those in the pictures. If the buds are all closed or the flowers all open, they die right away.
Velma kept me company while I worked. At least she had the courtesy to lay between the cabbages. Bad dog.
Yes, this was the total yield from eight seed potatoes planted in an extra-fancy, 2′ dia. x 18″ potato-growing bag. There were green plants that grew big and flowered and I’m not sure what happened after that. Maybe my neighbors snuck in for a few late-night harvests.