It’s Springtime: It’s Wistaria time!

25 Sep


Here in Australia, it’s Spring: the season for lovers, poets, blossoms and , unfortunately, hay-fever.

Let’s focus on something special: the vine, Wistaria.

Here in Sydney, Wistaria seems more at home in old gardens. There’s something so charming about its glorious, pendulous flowers: something that seems to me to be more a-tune with yesteryear.

It’s in our yard: climbing up the tallest trees, seeking to show off its delightfully perfumed glory. Ours is a common variety: a procession of pale purple-lilac shades. In full bloom, however, its beauty is anything but common.

But it’s certainly not for those who are shy of secateurs. Those vigorous tendrils can easily get out of hand! In some places, it’s even considered an invasive weed. Nevertheless, for those who can grow it,  and despite its short flowering season, isn’t it well worth the effort?

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6 Responses to “It’s Springtime: It’s Wistaria time!”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene September 25, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Oh, yes – I remember! Glorious – that scent, and the drunken bees bumbling for a little of its secret pollen.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp September 25, 2012 at 5:36 am #

      Absolutely magically unforgettable! There should be more of it.:)

      • The Wanderlust Gene September 25, 2012 at 5:58 am #

        You’re right about Wisteria being in old gardens/old suburbs – I suppose because it needs a strong trellis and a firm hand with the secateurs, both of which don’t seem to go hand in hand with the modern suburbs with their minimum-work garden designs. Then again, maybe in the southern cities, where they get decent winters, it is a little more manageable, and they see it more often? It’ll be interesting to see, over the next few weeks 🙂

  2. Margaret Lynette Sharp September 25, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Although it’s not everywhere, there are some eye-catching displays in some Sydney suburbs: luckily for us, several nearby. The vine in the photo came with the house, which is Federation.

  3. Lorelei Orion September 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    They are beautiful plants, Margaret. Your yard must be wonderful in the spring!

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp September 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      At the moment, the wistaria perfume is glorious, and the flowers are still spectacular. Shame it’ll all be gone, except for the odd spray out of season, in a few more weeks.

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