Six on Saturday – 25/5/2019 – Lilac and Other Blossoms

May is such a wondrous month in Canada – spring bulbs keep on giving, spring blooming perennials start their show and spring blooming shrubs try to outshine, and out-fragrance, everything else. Every day brings something new to delight in, and photograph, so it’s really, really hard to share just six. I’ll try though; with thanks to The Propagator for starting this meme.

Last year I was dismayed by the lack of Lilac blooms on most of my shrubs – much foliage, little blossoms. This year it’s the opposite – many, many flowers and, so far, littl foliage. Go figure. So number on on today’s Six is the first Lilac flower of the year -photo taken about an hour ago:

Here’s the shrub itself – loaded with flower clusters starting to open.

Number two will be this delicious looking species Tulip. I could probably find its name if I searched – for now, here it is, inside and out:

The raspberry colour makes it look like some sweet confection, doesn’t it?
Here’s the inside of that Tulip.

Number three is a combo – another species Tulip, Saxatilis, just planted last fall, blooming in front of some yellow Primula given by a neighbour a few years ago:

Numbers four and five – the spring ephemerals are fading quickly. I’ve posted before about the yellow Trout Lily – Erythronium americanum – here is its cousin, the white Trout Lily, Erythronium albidum, also native in these parts:

And of course, Ontario’s flower symbol, the white Trillium – T. grandiflorum:

Finally, number six. Not a blossom, although there’s many others to display, but rather a progress report from last Sunday’s post. I rescued a tiny, misshapen Korean Fir at a plant auction a few years ago. It’s not doing too well, likely the soil isn’t the right ph, but it’s sendin out new buds and many cones. On a fir tree, the cones are upright, and, I think, will eventually turn a bright purple. Here’s what they look like now:


  1. I do like this unusual color of raspberry tulip.
    I try to sprout Korean fir seeds (I was given a cone with seeds and they are in a ziplop bag with sand). You never know if it works ..!
    I also grow Spanish fir (Abies Pinsapo ‘Aurea’), but it would be nice to grow both

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  2. The species Tulips are gorgeous, and I do like the trillium. Interesting that the lilac is at the same stage as ours. I used to have one many years ago and it would often flower better every second year.


  3. Your tulips are amazing. I tend to overlook the species, but you’ve made me reconsider. When I lived in the States, trilliums would cover the woodlands. We used to say, trillions of trilliums – so original, eh? Didn’t realise they grew that far north & in such abundance, they’d be the city flower. Good luck w/the fir.


  4. I just got a copy of the old fashioned and formerly common straight species Syringa vulgaris. It had become uncommon over the years as the French hybrids become more popular. The French hybrids were supposedly introduced because they are more tolerant of the mild winters here. However, the common species does just fine. No one wants to believe me, but I grew up with it. I do remember how they had off years though.

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