In Response to Re: How does your garden grow?:
Nikki, you just brought back fond memories of a favorite flower from my childhood in Iowa, the peony. We can't grow those in California. I also miss the scent of the lilac bush. We have a California variety of lilac, but the scent is not as strong as those in the midwest. However, it's not enough to entice me to move back to the cold and ice and tornadoes!!!
Posted by Verlee T
Strange thing about this neighborhood, it is fairly new most houses are 8 or 9 years old. I think I am the only person that has put peony bushes in. Not sure why that is unless people think it is an "old flower" or they do not want to deal with the fact that they seem to flop over as soon as they bloom. Seems to me as soon as they bloom it rains and they get knocked over.
I had some old lilac bushes at the old house and while I loved the fragrance they got woody and out of control I have a spot in the back where they might look good and they sure would smell great. there are some that I have seen, a small variety and they just stink I can't find a kinder work to describe it. I will most likely look for one next year to put in the back.
And I agree with you... Given the choice I would not trade the lilac for cold, ice or tornadoes either!