Texas is not lilac country, at least not East Texas. Lilacs grow in zones 3-7, and here we are a zone 8. A hot, humid zone 8. No lilacs here, even though my new gardening friend from Michigan had tried, in vain.
Many years ago I tried to grow lilacs, too. I wanted lilacs because I have always heard how beautiful they are, how sweet they smell, and how loved they are. But --- sit down while reading this --- I have never seen a lilac bloom, nor smelled its sweet scent. Gasp!
So while my new gardening friend was reminiscing about the lilacs in her former garden, I could only wonder what I have been missing. But will never know, at least not in my garden. Perhaps one day I will venture to a garden father north than mine at just the perfect time when the lilacs are in bloom.
But I'm not sure I want to. I don't think I want to wish for something I can't grow. I don't want lilac lamentations.
|A crab apple bloom, since I have no lilac pictures.|
How about you? What common plant have you never actually seen? Do you grieve over a plant you can't grow?