I love lilacs--they are one of the things that even South Dakota winters can't kill--cold weather just gives them a better flower display every spring.
Lilacs are like an invasive weed here.
We've tried to cut ours back, because they're taking over the whole property, but even if we dig down to get the roots, the dang things just keep spreading. Our "hedges" are nearly 20 feet wide now, and about 10 to 15 feet tall.
LOL--Lilacs are like an invasive weed--they are kind of like dandelions--if, when you are trying to cut them back or dig them up--even a minute piece of root will recover and eventually produce a thriving new plant (or in the case if lilac and new bush).
Anywhere in the middle of the country where winters are cold the two things you can find around old homesteads that haven't been covered with new buildings and cement and asphalt are patches of lilac (usually near where the front or back doors were. And beside the lilac the other thing is the old field rose--the exceedingly thorny ones that come (as far as I ever saw) in red or pink and have only a single batch of petals. They too survive in horrid midwest weather--hot summers and cold winters. My grandfather called them dog roses.
As far as my lilacs go--I cut back all the suckers all spring, summer and fall--I keep the ones that happen to be growing where I want some fill in and after they bloom in the spring I prune back about a third of the bigger plants and lop off all the old bloom stalks. So mine are basically contained.
But down the street there is a full blown hedge that must be close to 30 feet tall and grows inside and outside their perimeter fencing so altogether it must at least 15 feet deep.
But I confess that I'm a total sucker for scented plants of any kind--trees, shrubs, annuals, bulbs and perennials.
And STJ--neither you nor I can spell crocus--I knew it didn't look right and finally looked it up this morning--no 'e' on the end.
I heard about the end of the Daytona race on the radio that I keep tuned to a 'sports' station (there is always hop that they'll eventually be talking about baseball (they are presently still talking about football and who next seasons super players will be for the various teams, and making their way through the end of basketball and just getting to the stepchild of sports these days--but my fav--baseball.
Only got just a snippet (and never succeeded in finding anything on my overtheair sports yesterday at all) that said there had been an in the air accident on the last lap and the driver had been transported to a hospital.
None of the sports news had anything more than that last night.
I'll pass on seeing wrecks like that--they scare the living daylights out of me.
Local weather is supposed to clear (overcast at the moment--evidently its really a fog layer.) by afternoon. Then we are supposed to get a couple of warmer (mid 50's) days accompanied by big drops in overnight temperature (because of wind coming out of the gorge--eastern Oregon is having very cold nights--and temperatures around my neck of the woods were close to freezing last nigh.
Better than snow but I'm more than ready for warm weather and spring.