My lilac bush is dying limb by limb. : ( I have loved lilacs as long as I can remember. Alcott's influence perhaps? One of my favorite scents since childhood, yet I do not recall ever seeing a real shrub, being born and raised in San Diego. If we cannot save this one, I will be planting more. This is a shrub that just sits there most of the year and does nothing, but those few weeks in April earn its place in the garden.