A note on my experience with Ma’dam Wisteria…

A note on my experience with Ma’dam Wisteria…

This is a labor of love. Each year I wrestle the tendrils and mercilessly hack it back down to a manageable size each fall clean-up. Each May it blesses my yard with an explosion of cascading purple lace. I've been reading a lot of discouraging things about it. People use bad words like "invasive". I prefer to call it high maintenance. I have been rather successful keeping it at bay. I also saw a few posts back, someone asking how to make a wisteria tree. If you can tie a knot with a vine and use pruning shears mercilessly... Every year I arm myself with my shears when I visit the old gal. She was a runaway from the neighbor's yard. I found her when I was clearing the overgrown brush after I purchased the home back in 1998. One lonely little vine had crawled under the fence and shot thirty feet into my yard before reappearing. I found this scrawny little thing amongst the weeds that were growing there when I bought the house. I clipped it back to a 10" high piece of stick and went about my Spring. I did not have a garden in that area of the yard yet. I was still trying to see what the wild things were that were occupying the space. I managed to clear out the weeds but kept the little stick in the ground. I knew what it was and remembered that my grandmother had it in her yard along her garage. By summer, three vines grew from the little stalk I left behind. I braided the vines and cut the braid back to about 2 feet this time. I used a tomato stake to keep her upright at first. When each of those 3 vines sprouted new scouts, I kept cutting the ends and twisting the vines together. Each year, the cut vine grew thicker and sent out new shoots. I've been piling, twisting, weaving and mercilessly pruning shoots over the last ten years. Eventually all the vines melded together to make this tree trunk...I took this picture last Friday. Don't let the fence in the back fool you. I don't let her get tangled up in the fence either. She will run shoots along the ground that will go undetected. I check along the base of the tree for any strings attached and I yoink them without question. This next photo is of my daughter and her godparents back in May of 2003. I started getting the blooms after the second year. I guess the vine needs a year to establish itself with its own roots and branches away from the main plant before it's comfortable. You can see that there has been considerable growth over the last 5 growing seasons. And thankfully, my neighbor sided his garage and added a new fence this year! But keeping it as a stand alone tree basking in the sunlight has rewarded me every Spring with the sweet fragrance of the cascading blossoms that explode from the tangled tendrils. I spend my mornings with my cup of tea and the perfume of the wisteria wafting through the air :) I have seeds for postage Oh the sweet rewards!
My Gardening Hat!

My Gardening Hat!

Picture post!

Picture post!

Need ID on lawn denizen…

Need ID on lawn denizen…

The Portland Japanese Garden pictures

The Portland Japanese Garden pictures

hi!! I haven’t been around in a while…

hi!! I haven’t been around in a while…

Check your fences!

Check your fences!