Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Social climbers ...

Our wisteria has once again cast its spell with a magnificient display of spring blooms. The bees, butterflies and I are rather giddy this time of year, and we want to share our joy. Right on cue at St. Patrick's Day, our pergola is layered in the lavender beauty of wisteria. 

Our wisteria is a Chinese variety known as Wisteria sinensis ‘Cooke’s Purple.

Our pergola was built specifically to host wisteria. Hubby and I built it ourselves from start to finish.

To love a wisteria (and I really do), one must love to prune. While the flower display is intoxicating, it will subside, followed by ambitious growth of foliage and vines.

Wisteria never rests during its growing season. Its rampant growth will flow over and through just about any structure - tightening its grip and crushing whatever is in its path. So, it is important to keep the pruning shears ready. Click here to read my prior post on growing wisteria.

You'll notice in the photo (at left) the lavender 'snow' that is beginning to cover our pergola's flagstone floor. I actually love the way it looks, too. Somehow, it brings out the kid in me, and I'm tempted to play in it.

I thought you might like to see some favorite photos of wisteria that bring out my inner gardener.

Engineers Club, Richmond, Virginia

Photo by E.T. Meyer

Image via Ewa In The Garden