|Earlier this spring, when the lilacs bloomed, I put some in a vase that was my Grandmom's. They were so beautiful and fragrant!|
|This is what one of the bushes looked like before I touched it.|
The first project that I did was my lilac bushes. I have seven mature, twelve foot lilac bushes in my back yard. I had done nothing to them last year, and they obviously had gone a long time without receiving any love by the previous owner. I had heard that the ideal time to cut them back was right after they finished blooming, and with our early spring here in Colorado, I needed to start that project about three or four weeks ago. So, I got to work. I know nothing about them, so I watched a two-minute video on youtube and felt like I was an expert! I went outside and opened up a can on those things. The video (and, everyone that I had talked to about them, by the way) said to cut the top third off. So, I did. I’m not sure that anyone knew how mature they were, though. Taking off the top third means that I no longer have any shade in my backyard and they look like they’ve had a bad haircut (something that feels just wrong to a hairstylist). I’m not sure that I’ll ever follow the rules again. Plus, I’m a little worried that they’re not going to come back the same…Three feet is a lot to come back in a year. I think I’ll wait until the end of the summer next year so that I can keep my shade. All in all it was a ton of work, took me three and a half afternoons, and filled more than two dumpsters with branches. I found a bird nest in one of the branches, and instead of thinking it was really cool, for some reason it completely sicked me out.
|This is what one of them looks like with a bad haircut. I only took off the top third. I swear.|
I finished the project a week and a half ago, and my arms and legs still have scratches all over them. I look like I was in a serious bike wreck or a bad catfight.