Saturday, 9 May 2009

Explosion in a lilac factory

I have something of a love-hate relationship with our wisteria. It drops a frustratingly large volume of leaves on our little garden, it regularly breaks its restraining wires and it requires Mr DC to scale tall ladders for the twice yearly pruning.



But then, for 2 weeks every year it looks like this, and I am forced to forgive it all over again.


Can you smell it? One year a late frost destroyed all the flower buds - a very sad May indeed!

39 comments:

  1. So beautiful I wish we had wisteria

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  2. Okay, this year when he ascends the ladder, will you please e-mail me so I can do ours (or get hubby to).

    Last year it flowered for the first time and was glorious. And this year? About 10 flowers. Hopeless.

    I can only suspect we are mis-pruning it.

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  3. Lovely lovely lovely. There's a wisteria in our village trained along three levels of a cottage. The owners come out with nail scissors to do VERY special tiny pruning. It is very pretty though x

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  4. that is sooo beautiful - i went past a cottage today absolutely dripping with blossom - how i'd love to have that over the front of my house.

    xx

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  5. le sigh c'est tres, tres jolie.

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  6. Beautiful! Well worth the risky pruning from Mr DC :-)

    xxx

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  7. Beyond magical!! (Be careful, Mr DC!)

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  8. Wow ... it's stunning. x

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  9. oh so lovely, don't let my hubby near it, his idea of pruning is very drastic....

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  10. It really is beautiful! Shame it's only in flower for a couple of weeks though. Have you been busy at your allotment lately? We need to see some photos!

    Lucy x

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  11. Gorgeous! Maybe we should have waited for an allotment plot with a wall...

    K x

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  12. It looks so beautiful I think you could forgive it anything. Pruning??? Gosh... didn't know I was supposed to prune it. Haven't been near mine!

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  13. Oh my, oh my, so beautiful. I have always wanted wisteria and indeed planted it twice but always moved before seeing it get going.

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  14. I think that the wisteria has been particularly beautiful this year. I saw one that was trained, cork screw fashion around a fireescape, and it looked spectacular. The thought of pruning with nail scissors is not good - especially at the top of a ladder.

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  15. wow it's beautiful - I can understand why it's earnt your forgiveness even if it is temporary!

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  16. oh you Wisteria is beautiful and they do smell so lovely. I walked through an archway of Wisteria at Beaulieu and the scent was sweet and heady. Jane x

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  17. Wow - it looks incredible! Enjoy it, even for a short time.

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  18. Oh I love wisteria so much
    When I was in Oxford yesterday ,I went into my friends college and there was wisteria like this all over the main quad. So pretty I had to take a picture! (coming soon to a blog near you...:P)

    xxx

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  19. "Look at the Wisteria on that!!!" (Its my favorite phrase at the moment!!) I have Wisteria envy.

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  20. I can see how you can forgive it for that special 2 weeks of the year.

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  21. Blimey, that's impressively large and quite stunning!

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  22. Wow! It is truly gorgeous. I have several plants in my garden that I feel exactly the same about!

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  23. WOW! That's gorgeous. I'd love to have a pretty wisteria. I heard once though that it takes 7 years from planting for them to bloom?

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  24. Oh yes but those two weeks , they are worth it aren't they!
    Kimx

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  25. look, look! Absolutely beautiful.

    x

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  26. Lavender-lilac bliss...what a stunning display of blooms...and I can almost smell that special scent...ah...How lucky you have that beauty just out your door...Thank you for sharing :o) ((HUGS))

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  27. That winsteria is just beautiful. I've always loved it. Such a dreamy, drooping, dripping flowery habit it's got. The colour is heavently too.

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  28. Incredible and worthy of keeping.

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  29. Yes, you could forgive it almost anything when it looks like that couldn't you? I love wisteria.

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  30. I love wisteria! Great pictures!

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  31. Lovely! I was so pleased there was a Wisteria in the garden when we moved here. The previous owners said it never flowered! And it had been strangled in orange binder twine. Ten years of TLC and it's spectacular every May (except the year it got frosted - the same year as yours I suspect). It's like a scented waterfall along our high garden wall - it's so uplifting to see it!

    Celia
    x

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  32. hi there :-) finally getting round to visiting my fav blogs again and leaving comments !!! i feel like ive missed out on a good party or something LOL
    love the wisteria - i planted one last year and was told it would take years before the flowers would come along but its flowered this year already although not anywhere near how fab yours is!!!
    yes that is my garden by the way and yes it does take up some time but love being outside so not to much like hard work ;-)
    lesley x

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  33. soo soo beautiful. the house I grew up in had a massive one too.. and the smell is glorious!!

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  34. Gasp... what a beauty! They are tricky things, but so worth it. I really hope you don't have the gusty winds we're having or those petals will be turning into a lilac blizzard!

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  35. Wisteria as public service: Sylvia at the end of my street has a wisteria, and it scents the whole area when the wind is right. This year she has a white one alongside, so delicate and lacy. Well worth the ladders and the sweeping up, I'd say.

    Lovely blog, BTW; I'll come back for a thorough read soon.

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