Early Spring Blooming Shrubs

February marches along ever so slowly. We seem to live between days of almost spring to definitely winter and everything in between. I took a walk around the farm to see if anything exciting was going on with the spring flowering shrubs and found a few promising signs of better days to come.

A few lilacs had some surprisingly fat spring buds on them, especially the French lilacs. My double white, which is gorgeous in bloom, had the juiciest lilac buds of all.

Syringa vulgaris ‘Mme.Lemoine’ is beautiful pure white lilac, double French lilac that has a beautiful sweet perfume. It is an upright shrub growing to about 10 feet tall. Butterflies love it and deer leave it alone, which is very important for me.  Very hardy to zone 2 and loves full sun. It does sucker, but I can forgive it for that.

Lilac / Sensible Gardening and Living
Lilac / Sensible Gardening and Living

Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ is one of my favorites. Growing to 9 feet tall it is very fragrant with rich purple flowers with each individual petal trimmed in white. Very unique and a beautiful shrub for full sun and hardy to zone 2.

Syringa vulgaris ‘Prairie Petit’ is a real little sweetheart. A dwarf lilac variety growing only to 4 feet high it has 4 inch long flowers in light pink. It is very heat and drought tolerant.

Daphne mezereum or February Daphne which will be the first to bloom of all the spring shrubs, had some pretty impressive buds as well. I call this small shrub flowers on a stick plant because it blooms before it leafs out it is just that. The lilac flowers grow in clusters along the bare stems and are very very fragrant.

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Everything else still looked pretty sleepy. With more snow this year it’s hard to tell what’s going on down below. I checked along the house for tulip or daffodil tips but not a single one did I find.

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