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Potager Week 4 – How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

Big Daddy’s Birthday Weekend always comes when the Lilacs are in bloom.  This year the children did as they always do for daddy.   They gather little somethings from around the house… things they think he would like… things he has misplaced… they creatively wrap these little treasures and present them to him in such a sweet little fashion.  This year as he mowed the grass they hid their gifts in the mailbox.  Each gift wrapped with packing tape… sometimes electric tape or blue painters tape… whatever they can find.  This year, adorned with little, fragrant lilac flowers.

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

Here on the farm we have the biggest…. biggest lilac tree I have ever seen.  Yes, I’d call it a tree instead of a bush as it towers at two stories tall.  You can smell it from the front of the house long before you can even see it.  This lovely blooming tree gave me a break from all the work in the Potager and gardens this weekend as I brought in an armfull of blooms to display around the house.  There is a trick to cutting lilacs lest they fall limp and weak within hours.

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

For best results cut your lilac stems in the early morning or evening removing any side stems or branches that would be submerged in water (other than your main stem).  Working quickly, hammer the ends of each stem so they split and fray a bit.  Arrange your flowers in your vase.  Water.  Display out of direct sunlight and for even longer lasting blooms store your arrangement in the fridge at night.

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

How to Cut Lilacs

Like the brief, beautiful lilac blooms soon these few, precious days of small children and small gifts will be over.

I cherish them much more then the brief blooms of the lilacs.

If only there was a way to make these days last.

Parisienne Farmgirl

Here’s for your pin boards –

How to cut lilacs

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8 thoughts on “Potager Week 4 – How to Cut Lilacs”

  1. We have what is called California lilacs here, but they are nothing like the real thing. No lilacs here that I have ever seen. Lovely arrangement.

  2. Just discovered your blog from The Elliot Homestead Blog. Love it. I am also doing a French inspired homestead. I have already built my beautiful potager (if you want to see pictures I’d be glad to show you. I’m very proud of it), and I’ve been working on my cottage gardens. I have grape trellis tunnels that will be stunning once they fill in. My problem is how do you keep up with the weeding? I’m about to fence off my orchard and move my chickens in there to take care of fertilizing, weeding and pest control. I have 6 kids ages 2-8 and almost an acre of yard to take care of. We are surrounded by farm fields, and the grass and weed seeds blow in like crazy. I follow the Back to Eden method, but the weed seeds will grow IN the wood chips, even with weed fabric underneath. Two years of semi neglect (due to a rough pregnancy and even rougher recovery) have caused big problems. How do you stay on top of it all? How much time do you spend on that? I haven’t even planted this year bc I didn’t get my fall clean up done last year. I searched your blog and didn’t find any posts about that.

  3. Ahh lovely lilacs too. I have two old bushes too. Our house was built in 1952 and we lived here since 1994. I enjoy waiting for them to bloom each year and always take pictures. I imagine the Lord likes the clothes that I hang out on the clothesline in the backyard.

  4. Angela your pictures are always beautiful! But your children look so healthy and happy!
    What wonderful memories your making!

  5. Beautiful. We just moved, and our old house had several lilac trees on the side of the house. last year, they were the most beautiful I’d ever seen them. Do they do well in shade? If so, I need to plant them at our new house!

  6. “If only there was a way to make these days last.”
    I used to say the exact same thing when my babes were the ages of yours; I’m sure every Mother does~!
    Angela, I wish to encourage you in that very thing……you ARE preserving these days. Not stopping Time for you, but preserving them to be enjoyed again in the future.
    Your children will pass these times on to their own once again. I am seeing that very thing happen now that my ‘babes’ are Daddies and have their own ‘littles’ for me to love. We Grandmothers just get to see them through different eyes of a new generation. Oh~and the Joy?…..with memories it is doubled, for sure~!
    Love your stories of Home on the Little Farm. You make everyday so Special~! ♥
    XOXO~Carolyne

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