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May Challenge - It Takes More Than April Showers...

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Lilacs

It Takes More Than April Showers...

I have always loved lilacs.  However, I couldn't grow them in Southern California.  By that, I mean the lilac bushes would not flower.  When I moved to Sedona, I discovered I had flowering lilac bushes the following April.  I was so excited about this.  I didn't plant these lilacs.  They were there when we moved in. 

You Need A Cold Winter For Great Blooms

I am not sure where I heard that lilacs need an excellent freeze to bloom. But that is not an issue in Sedona.  We do not get days below freezing, but our weather is cold enough to allow the process to set for the next season's blooms.

Lilacs are very hardy.  We had a really cold winter in 2022-23.  I didn't do anything special to protect the lilac bushes.  This year was very good for a strong fragrance and many blooms. 

My lilac bushes get the entire morning and early afternoon sun.  It is the perfect combination to keep the bushes healthy.  They sit on the upslope of the yard, so they drain well. 

Pruning is also a key to their health.  I have three bushes side by side.  In the beginning, I did have to cut back the bushes.  I did only one bush a year.  The next year it would not bloom.  But now, these bushes are healthy and do not require much work to look beautiful.

I think I am pretty lucky to have such healthy bushes.  Here are more plants in my backyard garden. 

 

Rose Bushes in Sedona

Side yard view of rose bushes in Sedona

Another View of the Roses...

Rose bushes looking east into the backyard

The plant on the left of the furniture dolly is my 47-year-old spider plant.  I have moved it to every home we have owned. There is no plant more special...

I pulled out a beautiful flowering salvia to make more room for my rose bushes.  About three times a day, I have to go out and spray the leaves for aphids.  I have found that the aphids like new growth and gravitate to those areas.

More Roses

Roses with the Sphinx in background

Healthy Iris

Iris in Sedona

We had very wet snow in March and lost some big juniper limbs.  The open area allowed the sunlight to shower the Iris bulbs.  This is the best they have ever looked! 

Sedona Snapdragons

Sedona Snapdragons

I am constantly changing the flowers in this pot.  I like color all year long.  So every season, there are new fragrances and colors throughout my yard - front and back.

My Front Courtyard

By my frontdoor in Sedona

I love blue pots, especially royal blue pots. They give my yard an extra pop of color.

Front courtyard color Sedona 

This west-facing table is a great spot to enjoy a morning beverage in the summer because it is always cooler here.

Table in courtyard with flowers

sesonal flowers in Sedona

another angle of the flower bed

 

Last of the Winter Flowers -(Pansies)

Winter flowers - panzies

The weather has been so cool that my pansies, which I plant during the winter, are still here!  As soon as it gets a little warmer, they will be gone.  But they have never lasted into May.

Watch a video of a hummingbird taking a bath in our courtyard cactus fountain.

 

This is my entry into the May Challenge by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Comments (44)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

What a beautiful tour of your gardens. I think I like the lilacs best of all...and they have such a wonderful fragrance. We had several purple and white lilac bushes at one of our homes back in New England and always enjoyed them in the spring.

Jeff

May 18, 2023 02:13 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I have always loved lilacs, but could not get them to bloom well in SoCal.  I am so happy to have them in Sedona.

May 18, 2023 05:52 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - There is always a way to grow what you love.  I am a big fan of potted plants.  Another benefit, they can be moved around depending on the season or light!

May 18, 2023 05:53 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Aura Alex - Thank you!  I plant all year long but after winter, I do love gardening in springtime.

May 18, 2023 05:55 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - I even tried covering the soil with ice cubes but that didn't work either!

May 18, 2023 05:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - Thank you so much.   That spider plant started as a very small hanging plant. It has been through a few frosts here in Sedona and I brought it back.  Now I take that dolly into the house during winter.

May 18, 2023 06:07 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - Hail is not my favorite thing.  One of our cars is always outside and they can get dented with hail.  Of course, hail wreaks havoc on your plants and flowers. 

May 18, 2023 06:08 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I only wish they would last longer.  It seens like they barely last a couple of weeks.

May 18, 2023 06:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® this was Diane's mother's lilac bush

 

 

May 18, 2023 06:20 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Gorgeous!

May 23, 2023 10:53 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I need to buy a Lilac Bush . I had some at our last house ( but forgot to bring one along ) .

May 21, 2023 08:02 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael J. Perry -  They will take some seasons to bloom but are worth it.

May 21, 2023 10:49 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Your plants are gorgeous most of my plants did not live through the winter. Except for my Orchids still waiting for blooms, I do have buds - Happy Sunday 

May 21, 2023 12:15 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The colors in your yard are so vibrant, and all are so orderly. More like botanical gardens.

May 21, 2023 02:06 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Sheri.  I have come over from a reblog post of your May Challenge entry by Roy Kelley.  Your garden and flower display - just magnificent!  I miss my Chicago, winter-chill,  dark purple Lilac bushes and their wonderful fragrance here in Orlando.    

May 21, 2023 07:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah Williams - Sedona had a colder-than-normal winter and there was a lot of rain and snow.  All the bushes and trees survived well.

May 23, 2023 10:52 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jane Chaulklin-Schott - Thanks for stopping by.  There is a give and take of the climate zones.  I am sure you prefer the warmer weather of Florida in the winter.  We have a good balance in Sedona. 

May 23, 2023 10:55 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed Silva -  I didn't plan it that way but I am pleased that you like it.

May 23, 2023 10:57 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Your lilacs and roses are gorgeous! And I love the Adirondack chairs by the back fence. It's a great place to admire your blooms. 

May 26, 2023 09:00 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

GREAT post for the contast.  The blue pots are beautiful, love that color.  It's interesting the vast difference between what you can grow in Sedona.  Such a difference.  Your roses and lilacs are beautiful!  

May 29, 2023 10:55 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Beautiful entry into May's contest! Now that's what I call a green thumb.

Thanks for sharing your garden's colorful flowers, pots, and landscaping display. What a great video of the bathing hummingbird!

May 29, 2023 12:23 PM