I always get so excited when the lilacs start blooming in the spring! These gorgeous, sweet-smelling flowers are so sentimental to me. Here are some spring lilac inspiration and tips I’d love to share with you!
Lilacs flower for only 2-3 weeks in the season, so I take full advantage of their beauty, for as long as I possibly can. I go from room to room, as well as my outdoor spaces, taking loads of pictures that I use for more spring lilac inspiration.
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Unlike other woody shrubs, lilacs set next year’s flower buds during the summer, so do any pruning or shaping, right after they bloom to avoid affecting next year’s flower production. By cutting long stems when harvesting, it will ensure that next season’s blooms will have longer, straighter stems. If you want a larger lilac bush, prune it at least once a year, but less often.
Vase Life Tips and Tricks
Cut lilacs are very hard to keep hydrated and are prone to wilting. Here are a few tips I have found that help me when harvesting:
- Pick flowers when it’s cool, in the morning or evening.
- Fill a bucket (or more) 3/4 full of cool water.
- Choose stems that have half to three-quarters of the flowers on the bloom cluster open. The more fully they are open, the less vase life they will have.
- Transfer the the cut blooms to a cool place immediately after harvesting.
- Remove all the leaves so the plant isn’t putting energy into keeping the leaves hydrated as well.
- Re-cut the 4-stem ends and slice them vertically up the stem 2-3 inches. Then grasp one side of the sliced stem and twist it backwards. Put the freshly cut stems immediately into cool water.
- Leave the lilacs in a cool and dark space for a few hours so they can re-hydrate. After that time, you can start arranging them.
Fun facts and More Spring Lilac Inspiration
Lilacs are edible. They are also great in a cocktail!
Purple lilacs are a symbol of first love. White lilacs symbolize youthful innocence.
Purple lilacs are more fragrant on a warm day.
Lilacs are fire-retardant and are always considered a great plant near homes that are more susceptible to wildfires.
The lilac is the state flower of New Hampshire.
I hope you enjoyed my spring lilac inspiration and tips. For more on how to split a lilac bush visit Rachel of The Pond’s Farmhouse. And if you want more lilac fun, click here for My May Spring Tablescape!
Until next time,