Friday, May 22, 2009

Wisteria at last


It seems like this vine, which has been blooming in small increments for the past 3 years, has finally hit its stride. Full disclosure: from where I sit in the garden, it really looks more like this:


But I can see that more blooms are coming on the shadier patio side and I think it will get more floriferous there. They will take longer to come, but thanks to the shade they will also last longer (which is why I still have tulips). As I mentioned in another post, in late April, I got on a ladder and randomly hacked away at this, mainly to reduce its incursions on my neighbor's property. You are supposed to prune after blooming, but after I did that I had more blooms than I have ever had. Coincidence? I think not. Though the time elapse between cause and effect does seem too short.

Regardless of which side it is blooming on, the scent is heavenly.

13 comments:

Helen said...

And the picture is conjures equally, shall we say, intoxicating?

Donalyn said...

M-m-m-m-m-m-m! I can almost smell it from here. Not a common plant out here in the country - probably only partly because of the patience required.

Crystal Lynn said...

Our vine is 15 years old.... I call it the nevergonnabloom wistera. I finally gave up and stuck some silk wisteria blooms into it hoping I would shame it....it's just nevergonnabloom. However it the vine does provide for nice privacy on our porch!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love seeing and smelling these vines. There is a wild one across the street from our garden. It has finished blooming.

Claudia said...

I hope you don't mind my sticking in my two cents on this Wisteria thing, but I just read on "GardenIndex.com," that if you stick a spade in the ground as deep as you can,and one foot from the base, then add Super phosphate fertilizer it will bloom. Can't hurt.

Layanee said...

Hmmmm...what wine goes with the fragrance of wisteria? Perhaps a late harvest riesling? Sensory delight.

Frances said...

Hi Elizabeth, that is just plain dreamy. I always wondered about the pruning, having heard different instructions. Your view looks like the best one to me. :-)
Frances

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

This is fab, Elizabeth. I have a tiny stick of one, which was given to me two summers ago by a man who is losing a battle with cancer. HE got it from a mutual friend, a nonagenarian plant breeder and nursery operator who is the most amazing horticulturalist I've ever had the privilege to meet. Dick's original wisteria is massive; mine has settled in well but has years to go to reach the size of yours. I enjoyed yours and could smell it from here. Or so it seemed.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Gorgeous! :)

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Commonweeder said...

Elizabeth, One year we had fabulous wisteria blooms - and then near death. It is reviving I think. In addition to the blooms I liked the way the quality of light changed in the house with the vigorous vine completely covering the arbor outside our living room window. Cool and slightly mysterious.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

EAL, is it true? 2010 Spring Fling will be in Buffalo? YAY!!! :)

EAL said...

Read it and weep, BG!