Every year I’ve looked forward to this lilac blooming. The first year we were here, it didn’t really bloom. Its base was covered with weeds and it hadn’t been cut back in years, it looked like. I gave it a severe pruning and didn’t know what it was. I figured if it survived it would be stronger for it. I was surprised the following spring when I discovered it was a lilac. It’s beautiful and smells wonderful–what more do you need?