Posts Tagged ‘wisteria’

Natural selection

September 19, 2016 4 comments
Red rose dwarfed by the neighbouring plants

Red rose dwarfed by neighbouring plants

Almost entirely shaded by the canopy of the wisteria is a red rose.

I have a choice to make: do I allow the rose to be plunged into eternal shadow, do I prune the wisteria severely back, or do I try to grow the red rose taller so as to form one side of an arch? (You can see through the leaves of the silverberry bush to the right how high it’s gone already.)

Nature has a habit of answering these dilemmas herself, though – I may end up having no choice at all.


August 18, 2016 2 comments
The rose bush is not as hemmed in as it looks

The rose bush is not as hemmed in as it looks

This rose bush is bearing its last blooms before autumn.

It looks completely hemmed in, but in fact the nearer stake is tall, taking the wisteria up and away, while the upright in the middle of the photo is a telegraph pole some distance away.


July 18, 2016 1 comment
All on its own

All on its own

I don’t know what possessed the wisteria to produce a single late bloom.

Anyway, here it is hanging over the thornless bramble which grows next to it.

Cutting through

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment
Strimming under the wisteria

Strimming under the wisteria

I can’t resist another photo of the wisteria.

This time underneath it (not very visible) is Giovanni, the young man who’s come to help in the garden.

He’s strimming the grass on the steep slope with the long flower tassels brushing his head and shoulders.

Through the tunnel

April 20, 2016 2 comments
Wisteria hanging over the steps

Wisteria hanging over the steps

This is how the wisteria looks now.

The rose arch may be above head height, but those cascades of purple flowers caress the head like a lace veil.


It seems Galileo is out of the woods – we pick him up today!!

Wisteria half open

April 14, 2016 Leave a comment
Wisteria tresses

Wisteria tresses

The wisteria is at its perfect stage.

The flowers on the long racemes are open at the top but tail away to buds at the bottom and the leaves are just unfolding.

It can be a bit visually overpowering when it’s all open.

It’s windy today so I had to catch this shot between gusts.

Nowhere much to go

March 2, 2016 Leave a comment
Nowhere to go

Wisteria in bloom

The photograph shows the wisteria in April 2014.

Since then it’s extended onto the structure to the right, and also flowed into the arms of a rambling rose which forms an archway over some steps below.

I’ve never pruned it before.

The first job was to cut down the hefty lowest arch of the rose bower so that going down the steps isn’t so challenging – a sad task because it had so many healthy shoots on it.

Then, tomorrow or sometime, I’ll have to follow the snaking stems of the wisteria with my eye so as not to cut off something too vital.

Apart from being tangled and intertwined, the wisteria is rather too big for its location. With a plant like this, you could cover a whole house!