In Swedish we call them Farmer Lilacs (Bondsyrener) I guess they are called that because they are so easy to grow here and everyone can afford them and they are easy to propagate as well. Here at Engarn Village I think all the gardens got them and along the village road there are a lot as well.
In the American colonies lilacs were introduced in the eighteenth century. Peter Collinson, F.R.S., wrote to the Pennsylvania gardener and botanist John Bartram, proposing to send him some, and remarked that John Custis of Virginia had a fine "collection", which Ann Leighton interpreted as signifying Common and Persian Lilacs, in both purple and white, "the entire range of lilacs possible" at the time.
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