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    Andrew Keys

    Get out of town. People do NOT mulch with ice cubes! Um, wow.

    The irony is that *I've* always wanted to grow all the arid climate plants you guys can grow in California. I *love* Ceanothus, and I finally found a blue one that's fragrant and grows well here--at least for now. (Ask me again if we get 10 feet of snow this winter.)

    BIG thanks for the plug, Susan, and so funny you mentioned 'Palibin' lilac, because I was just speculating in the comments on Rebecca's blog if that would grow there. I love that plant!

    The scent is much less pronounced, but 'Palibin' does quite well here. And yes, some garden fanatics around here DO add ice cubes to replicate chill hours. Crazy, huh? But this is California, after all...

    mary Gray

    I love the Paliban lilac also. Seriously, the old fashioned lilacs don't even work that well here in the DC area...mine only gets a couple blooms for about 10 days and then just looks leggy and indecent the rest of the year.

    This is a really thorough and informative post! I especially like your ET intro...what a great segue!

    I'm starting to think lilacs must just have excellent PR, as they really are a pain to keep groomed, yet seem to be showing up on everyone's top memories list. With peonies (another California stretch) a close second.


    I love Ceanothus! I can't stop designing with it.

    Anything that thrives on neglect the way Ceanothus does is okay in my book. I number many more lazy gardeners amongst my clients than motivated ones.

    Jocelyn/the art garden

    Are lilacs a national obsession? Perhaps because Americans are so transient... In any case, great suggestions here for those gardeners savvy enough to make the sensible choice!


    I have no lilac associations, being from the South, but of course I have my own horticultural baggage that can't be satisfied in my more Southwestern new home state. Luckily I've found the local flora (and some exotics from Mexico) to be quite good consolation prizes.

    "Ornamental grasses are simply a vast horticultural conspiracy to get gardeners to pay money for weeds." Your mother sounds like an absolute hoot. I bet you got your sense of humor from her, yeah?

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