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Tracy A.

  • Tracy A.My aunt has a couple of lilac bushes that came from the cuttings of a lilac bush belonging to my great-grandmother. My nana had an amazing green thumb and her garden was lush with the plants and flowers she grew there, and it is important to us to keep these lilac bushes in our family as it feels like they are a part of my nana that can be passed down through the generations. Here is my problem, recently my uncle died suddenly and my cousins decided to move my aunt across state (Washington) into a house that they purchased for her so that she would be closer to them and they could be there for her while she is grieving. In all of the chaos of the move and sadness of the circumstances, the lilac bushes got left behind at the old property. My mother and I want to go and dig up the bushes and bring them to my aunt as well as get a few new cuttings to give to other family members who would like them. We are on a time limit because my cousins have sold the old property and the sale closes on the 17th of this month. The people who bought the property are planning on leveling the house and yard to be part of a development that is being built in that area so if we are unable to go get these bushes, they will be destroyed. Can you please tell me the best way to dig up and transport these lilac bushes for replanting so that we are able to keep a part of my great-grandmother's legacy going for future generations of our family? I should state upfront that I am not someone with any knowledge or experience in gardening. I just know that when she is feeling better and is able to pull herself out from under her grief, the loss of those lilacs would devastate my aunt, who is the one who has overseen my nana's surviving plants. I would like to gift a cutting to my daughter in law (who DOES have a green thumb) and I, at the very least, am able to follow directions until I am able to give the plants to the ones who can nurture them.
    Friday November 11, 2022 at 19:11

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