Our name

Jamie Powers

Hope Springs Nursery.... why is it named this?  Thinking about this now after the nasty weather on Friday.  Last Monday, the lilac pots were up and looking great.  Today, they're submerged in snow again.  Poor little sticks!  I planned to work outside this weekend to start setting up for our 2018 opening in April.  Instead, I've been very busy filling gas cans to keep the generator going!  It's just a dreary snow-and-mud mess here now.  But.... "Hope springs eternal in the human breast..." From Alexander Pope's poem An Essay on Man.  "Hope"-fully next weekend will be better!

 

 

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We're trying something new this winter

Jamie Powers
For the past two years, we've had to throw away a lot of dead lilacs in May and June. We've done something different this year. Instead of leaving the pots out in the nursery area, we tipped them on their sides in early December. It was a mad dash one weekend, because it was going to snow on Sunday and I was going out of town the following weekend. We tipped them over in rows and covered the entire section of pots with white overwintering film, on the advice of a wonderful lilac expert I know who has grown in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The pots were well-watered and the potting mix was frozen when we covered. This will help keep the plants at a more consistent temperature over the winter and protect them from drying winds. The past two years we have had early thaws - it was 80 here last February - followed by hard freezes. This damages the plant tissues and makes the plants susceptible to lilac blight. After tossing hundreds of plants for two years in a row, we decided to try covering. If it gets warm, we can open the sides of the "package", and when it cools down again we can close it up again. Let's hope this helps the plants to be in better condition when we open in April!

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Colors of Lilacs

Jamie Powers

Let's talk about lilac colors.  The most important thing to remember is that the color is whatever YOU see! There are a number of factors that impact the flower display.  These include the weather at bloom time - amount of sun, temperature.  The type of soil you have also affects the color.  The bud color is not always the same as the color of the opened florets.  There are 7 basic color groupings that are assigned to lilac varieties, but the variations of hue and value are very nuanced.  I've grouped my lilacs into these categories and added an 8th category for unique varieties that don't quite fit into one of the 7.  But keep in mind that what you see as magenta, someone else may see as purple! 

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