Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mystery Solved

Well, the identity of the "Mystery Bush" has been solved.
Let me tell you, the flowers took their own sweet time in blooming!
Meanwhile, I was doing my best sleuthing work...

I asked anyone who came to the house if they knew what the bush was.
Best/Most Popular guess was lilac...but no one was sure.
I tried finding info online....Nothing was a good match...I was seriously beginning to doubt my ability to "find stuff out".
Until one night, I did a search for "late blooming lilacs" and BINGO, I had a match!!!

 They are lilac bushes, but they are not the standard, "Old Fashioned" lilac, also known as French Lilac, or Common Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) but rather they are a hybrid, James MacFarlane/ Preston Lilac (Prestonia Vulgaris). I actually have 3 of them, 1 pink & 2 purple. They bloom about 2 weeks later than Old Fashioned lilacs.

Now we can all sleep at night~

A few other plants that have been showing off the last couple of weeks:

 (Red Twigged Dogwood)


 (Snowball Bush)

 (Red Valerian/"Jupiter's Beard")
I have a lot of these reddish/pink flowers.

 (Chives in the front garden)

(Wisteria off the back deck~ almost ready to bloom)


  1. Awesome!!
    You've got some great garden plants there. How lucky!!

    I wish that we had a snowball bush... I need to put that on my list :)

    Have a great week, and lets cross our fingers for sunny weather~~

    Smiles :)

  2. Finally! You've discovered the meaning of life, or at least what that bush is! i think it's beautiful! I don't know the name of the reddish-pink flowers but Faun has hundreds of them in her yard. When I have a few hours, I'll ask her what they are! :)
    I think this weekend is going to be warmer than last weekend!

    1. Gail figured out what they are...but I'm sure Faun would LOVE to help out! :)

  3. The reddish/pink flowers look like Valerian. It is beautiful, hardy, native to Utah and will take over the planet if you let it.

    We are in plant name discovery mode here too, very little of what is in our small California yard is familiar to us.

    1. Yep~ that's what they are. Thanks!

  4. Glad you solved the mystery. I have never seen lilacs like that. So do you just move into a new house?
    Discovering treasures in the yard?

    I love your flowers. It makes me want to get busy.

    1. Yes~ we moved to this house last August, so just discovering all the fun things growing in the yard.

  5. What a fun adventure of mystery solving you are having. I bet you can't wait to get out every day and see if something blooms!? :)

  6. I am glad you found out the "mystery" behind the unknown plant.
    Our lilacs are just coming out here.
    Oh my....our springs are soooooo late.

  7. I would love to walk around your yard!