Last fall, I took a maintenance class from the Arboretum and one of principles we learned was pruning. So I promptly went home and pruned one of my "dwarf" Korean Lilacs - and I use that term loosely.
The behemoths had gotten so large (and this was 2 years ago) that it had prompted my former neighbor (and former gardening mentor) to look at me seriously and say, "Those have to get cut back." Tough love.
Back then (3 years ago - how time flies), I was so green (not green-thumbed) that if anything grew I lept for joy -- even if it was garlic mustard (again close your eyes and visualize my neighbor yanking out a huge garlic mustard from my backyard saying, "Now this is a weed." "But it's so tall...," I wanted to say.) Pruning was not in my vocabulary because that meant taking away green and I was all about adding, not subtracting.
So it took a lot of courage, not to mention 4 years of tending to my royal subjects, settling land disputes, traffic congestion, and illegal immigration, before I was ready to bring out the big guns - i.e. the pruners - and tackle the Lilacs.
But I'll admit, I am a wuss. I only pruned back one of them ... just in case. I don't want all my eggs in one pruning basket. So which one will it be? Which one will reign supreme? The Pruned or the Un-Pruned?Can't wait to see what happens!