My recent road trip up north brought back many fond memories of home and all things South Dakota. How much I’ve missed my favorite flower, the lilac! Their beauty is unmatched, especially when paired with their unique scent. Sadly, my home in coastal Texas has been too far south for a lilac bush to survive, let alone, thrive and blossom. It’s not the intense southern heat, it’s the lack of a real winter. These hardy bushes actually need the longer winter months to generate those huge, heavenly scented blossoms.
Well, with our recent move to the edge of the Texas Hill Country, I’m giving lilac bushes a try. My dear friends near my home town of Mission, Walt and Sonja Lurz, donated part of their bush and a bucket of native soil. I’m giving that bush every possible chance, including scattering ice chips near the root system to extend my southern winter. LOL! Wish me luck. I’ll keep y’all posted on my little lilac’s progress.