REPEAT AFTER ME: early, middle, late. That’s the secret. When you are passionate about a particular kind of plant (like lilacs, daffodils, hydrangeas, daylilies…), don’t cart home just one variety from the nursery. Choose some that are early, others that bloom in the middle of that plant’s flowering cycle, and still others that are late. Selecting some early, some middle and some late lilacs, for instance, would mean you’ll have one or the other to enjoy for several weeks, not all at once for just a week or 10 days; with Narcissus you could stretch it to a couple of months; with daylilies to a whole summer. Now what’s our mantra?