Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wisteria, just past peak

I believe that this year's wisteria bloom was at its peak yesterday. Today more leaves are showing and, although there are still buds that haven't opened, the breeze and light rain we've been having on and off all day have knocked petals off the existing bloom stalks.

Here are some pictures of what it looks today, both overall and close-ups of some of the blooms (I had to use our old camera so the pictures may be slightly low resolution).

If it rains in the next few days most of the blooms will be knocked to the ground. I'm always sorry to see them go — and the heighth of the bloom is so fleeting — but the carpet of lavender is lovely in its own right.

I wish I could get a picture out our kitchen window, with the wisteria in the foreground and the Old Blush rose bush, covered in pink flowers, behind. I'll try it and if it works I'll post it later.


Pam/Digging said...

That's lovely, Susan. You're lucky to be able to enjoy that in your own garden, even if it is fleeting.

Annie in Austin said...

How amazing! Did you plant the Wisteria originally? [I'm curious as to how many years it would take to grow such an enormous vine.]

What a lovely view you have, Susan.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Susan said...

Pam & Annie --

I do feel lucky to have the wisteria to enjoy but I can take no credit for it. It's so large that we assume it was planted around the time the house was built in the late 1940s, which would make it 50 or 60 years old. The main trunks are bigger around than my arm and soon it will be snaking out new branches that seem to grow several feet a day. It's way too close to the house and at various times we've been advised to cut it down but we can't bring ourselves to. Besides the flowers, the shade under the arbor in the summer is too precious.

M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

I'm as envious as I can be. This year my wisteria had zero flowers. Not one!