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by Jorgie on May 14, 2006 10:49 AM
I'm going to chop my lilacs down to about four feet when they quit blooming. Any suggestions? [wavey]
by Deborah L. on May 14, 2006 11:30 AM
Yes, mail me the cuttings so I can have lilacs ! [Big Grin]
Just kidding, they wouldn't root. But oh, what luxury, that you have so much lilac that you need to prune !!!
We have only Korean lilac here, and it doesn't smell very nice. Rather like Play Doh and a faint lilac-y undertone.

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by Jorgie on May 14, 2006 11:48 AM
Since you don't have them this is going to seem mean, but not meant that way.

The silly things are about 12 feet tall.
by Deborah L. on May 14, 2006 12:28 PM
Wow......... 12 feet tall..... I can hardly imagine such a thing. When in bloom they must be paradise !
Real lilacs won't grow here. Because they need the dormancy in winter.
What's winter? [Big Grin]

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by Jorgie on May 14, 2006 01:35 PM
I got some pictures in the photobucket program, now I just need to figure out how to get them in here.
by RosyRuthie on May 14, 2006 02:01 PM
oh i do miss lilacs so much! The only thing i truly miss! Besides my family of course... [Smile] we had a farm and had lilacs around every field and you could lay in bed with your window open in the morning and just inhale the lovely scents!

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by slredmond on May 15, 2006 01:26 AM
Hi -Just curious what your goal is in chopping them down? What type of lilacs are they?
Sandy

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by Jorgie on May 15, 2006 01:39 AM
slredmond,
They are way too big, and the white ones are taking over all the space from the double french purple. Most of the purple ones are too high to reach.
by Jorgie on May 15, 2006 01:46 AM
See if you can look at the lilacs.

http://s74/photobucket/i279/jorgie74/garden
by Wrennie on May 15, 2006 07:50 AM
To post a photobucket photo here, go under the photo to the line that starts with [IMG] copy that whole line and paste it here.

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by Jorgie on May 15, 2006 10:24 AM
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Ok, if I did this right this should be the white lilacs.

Thanks, Wrennie!!!!
by joclyn on May 15, 2006 06:19 PM
my neighbor's lilac is just about 12 feet tall...

from what i understand, you're supposed to prune them back every year - not all the way to the ground, but you can safely take off 4 or 5 feet and not damage anything or affect blooming.
by slredmond on May 15, 2006 11:53 PM
Ah - understood. Looks like they are a little crowded for space. I have about 20 lilacs at our "new" old house. The majority are probably 100 years old, and 15 plus feet tall - huge. Yesterday we fired up the chainsaw and spent a couple of hours trimming out dead wood so they'll flower better next year with more light and better circulation. They probably hadn't been tended to in 20 years. I'd suggest you randomly trim out a few of the oldest, being careful to watch the shape so it doesn't look too "groomed." You'll probably end up with a wider bush than taller, unless you take off some from the width. I'll try to get some pictures.

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by Wrennie on May 16, 2006 12:13 AM
Jorgie
[teacher] Photobucket lesson #2. Resizing. Your picture shows but its tooooooo big. Go to your pic in photobucket, click on edit(above the picture in the middle), there will be an area that says resize to 75% 50% 25% of original. Click on 50% and then update.
[clappy]

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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 03:02 AM
Jorge,
I sent you a PM...

And gosh yes, those are gorgeoussssssss lilacs..
They are beautiful!!!

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 03:31 AM
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These are the French Purple ones that are being crowded ou by the white.

Thanks for the info, Wrennie!!

by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 03:47 AM
Can you resize them, Jorge...
Please...
Thanks a bunch...

They really are beautiful.
*I Love the darker colored one's*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 03:54 AM
Weezie, I tried going down to 25%, any idea what I am doing wrong?

Jorgie
by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 04:01 AM
Let me ask Cindy,
She's alot more firmilar with doing them
thru the photobucket place..
I have a program at home I do it called IVIEW,
but she can definately walk you thru it,
let me PM her!!! [thumb] [thumb] [thumb] [kissies] [wavey]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by afgreyparrot on May 16, 2006 04:15 AM
Jorgie...your lilacs are beautiful!
I would LOVE to have thoses!

As far as the picture re-sizing in Photobucket...I have never used Photobucket to re-size my pics. I use a photo program like Weezie does. I guess I need to try the Photobucket re-sizing, just to see how it works. That's how most here re-size their pics.

Did you click the "update" button after you re-sized them?

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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 04:23 AM
On the page before *page #1*,
Wrennie, posted on how to resize them,
there's a 25%, 50%, etc, I guess. and
try it that way?????

I guess I better go look too...

I love my IVIEW program, and I am terrible computer illiterate...that other one I use
it incredible user friendly..

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 04:29 AM
This is the neighbor's lilacs across the alley.

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by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 04:34 AM
I did try the 25% and then the update, but the picture is still huge. I better get it right soon, I only have one more picture.

Thanks for be so patient with me.

Jorgie
by afgreyparrot on May 16, 2006 04:44 AM
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Thanks for be so patient with me.

No problem, Jorgie.
I just tried the Photobucket resizing and it worked for me.
That's the first time I've ever tried it. I like to never found the "edit" button, which is located right above the picture! [Embarrassed] [Big Grin]

I'll resize the picture above for you if you'd like me to...
...or leave it for a few minutes so you can try to re-size it in Photobucket.
[dunno]

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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 04:57 AM
Glad to be patient...

And to be able to load and seeeeeeeeee those
beautiful pictures is the bonus...

Keep tryin' and don't give up!!!! [thumb] [flower] [Cool] [grin]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 05:12 AM
I resized using the Fugifilm Program and then the 25% too. Here's hoping.
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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 05:20 AM
oh that one worked..
*for a second it didn't though, it scared me..*

Looks greatttttttttttttttttttt!!!!

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by afgreyparrot on May 16, 2006 05:25 AM
I can't believe how huge those lilacs are!
I can just imagine the wonderful smell when you are out there!
[grin]

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by Deborah L. on May 16, 2006 05:38 AM
Jorgie, how could you..... How could you post these awesome lilacs and make me drool with envy, having never experienced a lilac in my life....
And now you wanna chop 'em down.....
I think my BP went up. And up.
[Big Grin]

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by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 07:37 AM
These belong to the next door neighbor, there is more in the alley but I didn't take pictures of them. These were chopped way down about 4-5 years ago.

Jorgie

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by Deborah L. on May 16, 2006 07:59 AM
Absolutely beautiful !

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by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 08:49 AM
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This "should" be a better size.
by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 08:56 AM
Nope, wayyyyyyyyyy tooooooo small now... [Eek!]

What size is that one???

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by joclyn on May 16, 2006 09:31 AM
oh, my!!! the purple bush is absolutely beautiful!!!
by rubberbandman on May 16, 2006 10:59 AM
I have 2 lilac bushes in my back yard and their only about 4-5 feet tall, plus mine havent really even flowered yet. Well this year each bush got like 2 blooms but thats it. I hope next year they'll go in full bloom.

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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 12:32 PM
Rubberman,
Is yours in the sun or shade???

And when did you cut the flowers on it or trim it,
if at all????

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Jorgie on May 16, 2006 02:00 PM
Weezie13,
You normally trim the lilacs when the flowers start to fade or turn brown. You snip off the blossoms and they are ready to go for next year.

Since I want to cut mine back I probably won't get any for a couple years.

Jorgie
by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 02:12 PM
As I understand it, you should only cut off like
1/3 of any type of flowering shrub... or for the lilac's..
the oldest part of the shrub...
and that rejuvenates them...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by rubberbandman on May 18, 2006 05:26 AM
We haven't cut them back at all, we just transplanted them about 2 years ago. And their in the sun about half the day and the shade about half the day.

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