Darker pink buds that open to a lighter shade in May and then 'Josee' reblooms later in the summer.
Wild lilacs grow along our country roads and flower before my own shrubs so I like to cut some branches each spring for a fragrant bouquet in the kitchen.
They're a dreamy shade of lavender, the perfect colour for me.
I even found a few white ones this year.
Under the kitchen window are two dwarf lilacs; the later blooming 'Palibin' on the left, and already in bloom, 'Miss Kim' on the right.
'Miss Kim' matures to this delicate pink shade, almost appearing white below.
Pruning lilac flowers within a few days of becoming spent saves energy from the shrub for forming seeds and the buds for the following year will set. This is also the time to cut the shrubs back by a third if they're becoming too large for their allotted space.
I'm linking with Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage ,Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time and Open House at Bernideen's Blog.