Lilac Bloom in October on our Shenandoah Flower Farm

Today I feel even better about the name we chose for our Shenandoah Valley flower farm — Lilac Hill. I decided to reverse my daily walk around the yard with the border collie, and my “backwards” path allowed me to see something special: A lone bunch of blossoms on one of the lilac bushes that decided to bloom.

Lilac in October

Lilac in October

The flowers are on a diseased branch of old growth, so perhaps this is their last “hello” before the branch withers away this winter. This little patch of lavender stands out against the yellow Autumn leaves of the sumac in the background. There’s almost no scent, but the color is welcome.

Lilac and Autumn Sumac

Lilac and Autumn Sumac

Thank you, Lilac Hill, for helping me celebrate Autumn. We’ve been together almost a year, and I love your constant surprises.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

2 comments to Lilac Bloom in October on our Shenandoah Flower Farm

  • Chuck Bethard

    Stacy, I have a question regarding my two lilac bushes.One of them has turned brown on just one side,leaves and all,The other is trying to bloom again.Is it normal for them to try and bloom this late in the year? The one that is turned brown looks like it was sprayed with something that killed that side of the bush.Should I cut that section out or leave it until spring?Please help….I love my lilacs and don’t want to lose them

    • Hi, Chuck,

      I would wait till spring to see what happens. Without seeing the bush and leaves, it’s hard to say for sure what caused the problem. One side of the bush may have been sprayed with something, but it may recover just fine.

      Where are you located? Here in the Shenandoah Valley we had a very wet spring, summer, and even fall, and ALL of my lilacs developed a fungal leaf spot and dropped their leaves very early. They are now putting out bright green growth like what I’d see in spring.

      I also have a few blooms this fall on my lilacs, my forsythia, and even my cherry tree. Someone posted a photo of an apple bloom yesterday on Facebook. It’s definitely not the time it SHOULD happen, but I get a few lilac blooms every fall. It seems that sometimes, depending on weather, the plants just get a little confused on what to do when.

      If you haven’t, you should contact your local extension office and/or Extension Master Gardener volunteers. They can look at a leaf sample, diagnose the problem, and help with some options for the future.

      I’ll shoot you an email, too, in case you don’t get back here soon to see this. Thanks for stopping by!

      – Stacey

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