Getting to Know Seattle: Lilacs and Heat

My gardening friends are invited to weigh in on this, but I’m guessing from observation that lilacs don’t like heat. The lilacs in Sara’s yard have just come into lush bloom, and then we had a couple of 80 degree days — unusual for Seattle at any time of spring or summer. The lilacs, most of them, quickly went from lush to brown.  Ouch! I’m glad she was able to take a few cuttings to put in her new home last weekend, when things were still peak.

2 thoughts on “Getting to Know Seattle: Lilacs and Heat

  1. You’re right – they don’t like extreme heat! We can’t even grow them in South Carolina because the average temp is too high. More than any other northern flower, I miss lilacs – the aroma, the shape of the flowers, and the heralding of the spring-summer season. I hope yours still have a good scent!

  2. for Phyllis: They do. I love lilacs too. Sara has white, and deep purple. I remember the number of varieties from Highland Park’s display.

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