Having read the various posts on this topic i'm still not confident on how to deadhead my lilac. Does anyone have a clear illustration showing how to avoid the new buds? I would hate to miss a year of blooms. Last year I left the dead blooms alone and got a good flowering this year but the stems holding the blooms were very thin and brittle. If I bring a spray into the house for decoration they die almost immediately. Would hard pruning help this or is it just the type of lilac? We didn't have this problem with the bush we had in another garden.