Lilacs growing (pictures of) in the fields at the flowering shrub farm in Voorheesville, NY. I walk among the lilacs labeling each flowering plant with an individually numbered yellow label with the variety name marked on it with a paint pen. I only overwrite these pictures when the lilacs are flowering. We dont sell Lilacs or Roses until they have flowered and been labeled verifying the variety so I can be sure. Click picture for a larger image you can save as wallpaper.13:57
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We dont sell any lilacs that are not flowering or that have not previously flowered. I copy and paste pictures from my picture-newsletters when plants are flowering. The Lilac walk is a lineup of Lilacs and Old Garden Roses with Apple trees in back, along the sidewalk in front of the house where we have the plant sale. The fields where we took most of these pictures are in Voorheesville, NY with most everything arranged in multiple rows of around 70 plants long by 4 wide under drip line (around 3,000 Lilacs).
Every year I take rooted cuttings and plant them in 3 gallon pots (the variety name and the date they were planted are printed on the side of the pot with a paint pen). The following year many will be placed into spaces under the drip line that were created by the sale of plants that flowered and were sold at the plant sale. Usually by the third or forth year they flower, are identified, labeled and have a price sticker attached so they can be sold at the plant sale. Those that aren't sold will be divided the following March or April, some divisions planted in 1 gallon to be sold mail order while others will be planted in 3 gallon and returned to the field.
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Heres a comparison between different lilac flowers of 'Agincourt Beauty' and 'Clarks Giant' / 'Agincourt Beauty' and 'Monge'. Click the picture for a larger image that you can study. You might want to combine lilacs in close proximity in this fashion to truly see the color.
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#086 'ANDENKEN AN LUDWIG SPAETH' Lilac with Purple single flowers (10) Syringa vulgaris lilac, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. 'Ludwig Spaeth' Lilac has single, dark purple flowers that bloom for several weeks in late spring, (Spaeth, 1883). Click the blue link for a collection of pictures of this variety.
#078 'AGINCOURT BEAUTY' above has Purple single flowers Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. Single deep purple flowers, bloom for several weeks in late spring, (Slater, 1968). Mr Slater (-1982) had a Nursery in Agincourt, Ontario, Canada.
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#076 'AUCUBAEFOLIA' French Lilac with Blue double flowers Crop 076 Lilac also called 'Dappled Dawn' Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. 'Aucubaefolia' is a sport of 'President Grevy', with variegated green and gold leaves, double blue flowers. Introduced by Auguste Gouchault (1851-1936) who was a nurseryman in Orleans, France. My camera usually inserts the date the picture was taken in the lower right hand corner (clicking on a small image opens one you can study more closely or save as wallpaper).
#069 'BELLE DE NANCY' French Lilac with double pink flowers Syringa vulgaris, Common lilacs, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year.
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Go to my Lilacbuy page to see all the lilacs we are growing including those that are not yet large enough to flower so we probably are not selling them yet. www.floweringshrubfarm.com/lilacbuy.htm
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'JAMES MACFARLANE' Pink single flowers Crop 109 LILAC (14) (S. prestoniae) Zones 4 thru 8, small non-suckering tree that grows to around 9 feet tall, pink flowers for several weeks in late spring that usually begin to bloom a week or so after Syringa vulgaris, commonly referred to as James Macfarland lilac by mistake (Yeager, 1959).
'KRASAVITSA MOSKVY' White double flowers from pink buds Crop 084 Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. (Kolesnikov, 1974).
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#063 MME LEMOINE White double flowered French Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half.
#045 'MICHEL BUCHNER' Pink double flowers Crop 045 Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. (Lemoine, ).
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'MONGE' Magenta single flowers Crop 088 Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. Introduced in 1913 (Lemoine, 1913). reddish-purple flowers. Mr Lemoine (1862-1943) was a nurseryman in Nancy, France.
'NADEZHDA' Bicolor blue double flowers Crop 072 Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. Double bicolor lilac-blue flowers bloom for several weeks in late spring, (Kolesnikov, <1970). Leonid Kolesnikov (1893-1973) was a hybridist in Moscow, Russia.
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'POCAHONTAS' Purple single flowers Crop 113 Lilac Syringa hyacinthaflora lilacs are hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot per year. Purple single flowers for several weeks in spring (introduced by Skinner in 1935). Mr Skinners (1882-1967) Nursery was in Dropmore, Manitoba, Canada.
'PRIMROSE' Yellow single flowers Crop 162 Lilac Holden Arboretum derived. Maarse. slower growing, Even though it appears in most photos to be yellow its color is a chalk or creamy yellow that only appears yellow in contrast to white (and sometimes even then isn't what the photos show).
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'PURPLE GLORY' Purple single flowers Crop 073 Lilac Syringa hyacinthaflora lilacs are hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot per year. Single bluish-purple flowers that flowers for several weeks in early spring, (Clarke, 1949). Mr Clarke's Nursery was in San Jose, California.
'SARAH SANDS' Purple single flowers Crop 091 Lilac Syringa vulgaris, Common lilac, hardy in zones 3 through 8 and may grow up to a foot and a half per year. Single dark purple flowers bloom for several weeks in late spring to early summer. (Havemeyer, 1943).
We grow plants to sell at our plant sale. Read my notes on the zone hardiness numbers I use. Do we do mail order? Check my picture-newsletter Want to purchase? email me.
As of 2013 we plant rooted cuttings of lilacs in one gallon pots, cutting them back and set them out on a well greased trailer that makes it easier to move them from place to place (in fall we place them on the ground near where they will be transplanted next year). The following year many will be transplanted into 2 gallon size and those with fewer than 3 stems get cut back (and we move them into the fields under drip line). Those that flower will probably sell mail order for $20 to $25 each in the third year or be bought during the plant sale (when they outgrow their pots they will be transplanted into 7 gallon for $30, 15 gallon for $50 or 25 gallon for $70. Plants in 45 gallon size are primarily for propagation or display.
Retail Plant Sale