I am told by a very reliable source that lilacs are about 10 days later than they are normally in bloom. When lilacs send out new growth from the base and tend to spread, there is not much you can do to prevent the spreading.
If you are looking for new plants, make sure you are buying a lilac that is grafted on a plum root. When you plant it, be sure the graft is well above the surface. One fellow suggests the graft should be three inches above the ground level.
Communities in Bloom recently addressed our garden club group. This is an organization we should be very happy to support. If you are in the tourist industry their effort to add eye appeal to most areas of our city is a plus.
I recently passed on some comments on why we should not plant A-type clematis in the Interior of B.C. One fellow was really upset because his inventory was mostly A-type and very few C-type. He assures me he will advise his head office to be sure he has more C-type.
The rodeo season is about to start. The only complaint I have is that calf-roping is as close to cruelty to animals as you can get.
If you are planning to plant any raspberry plants, I am told by a local grower that a variety called Tulameen produces real good crops of high quality fruit.
Fred Lyall is The Morning Star’s gardening columnist.