The Lilac House Bed & Breakfast will be opening for the 2011 season May 6th.
Step back in time, spend a leisurely vacation in historic accommodations at “The Lilac House Bed and Breakfast”.
A block from the boat docks, on the corner of Market and Astor Streets on beautiful Mackinac Island.
So much history to see on Mackinac Island.
A little background on “MACKINAC”. The name is pronounced “Mackinaw” and is Chippewa Indian for “Turtle”. An apt description, since the Island, when viewed from a distance, resembles a partially-submerged turtle with a semi-flat shell.
and of course Lilacs everywhere…
or call 305-304-0320 to make a reservation.
Lilacs symbolize love.
Syringa (Lilac) is a genus of about 20–25 cultivated species of flowering plants in the olive family (Oleaceae).
In addition to the cultivated species of Lilacs, there are many more hybrids, and over 1,000 total varieties of Lilac bushes (along with a few varieties of actual trees).
Lilacs are native to Eastern Europe and Asia. The colonists brought them to America in the 17th century.
The term “Lilac trees” can be mistakenly attached to any of the many varieties of Lilac bushes. Lilac shrubs/bushes grow from six to twenty feet tall. True Lilac trees, like the Peking tree Lilac and the Japanese tree Lilac, both from Asia, may reach heights over 30 feet.
Lilacs can vary in shape and/or form. Some may be rounded, vase-like, tall and spreading, tall and straight or a combination of these shapes.
Flowering varies between mid-spring to early summer and, unfortunately, normally only lasts two to three weeks, depending on the species and the weather.
Lilac flowers span a wonderful array of colors (white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, red, purple and some even bicolored). Shades vary depending on weather (hot versus cool and dry versus wet), year, soil, environment and overall location differences.
Lilacs have pyramidal clusters of blossoms with both single and double varieties – all with glossy green leaves.
It is the cultivar and species of Lilac bush which affects the fragrance, NOT the flower’s color.
Aside from Roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs. Of the two, Lilacs have a stronger, more intoxicating scent which carries quite a distance.
Although Lilacs display flowers among the most delicate of the ornamentals, the plants are among the hardiest. Some newer hybrid varieties can survive winter temperatures of -60ºF.
You prune Lilacs immediately after the enjoyment of the fragrant blossoms in the late Spring/early Summer.
Lilacs were grown in America’s first botanical gardens. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew them in their gardens. Lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years, so who knows, a bush planted way back when may actually still be around…