Operation: Wisteria Watch, Week 1

It’s been a week since I announced the start of Operation: Wisteria Watch, in my post called “The greening of the GDA.” Okay, that was March 23, which makes it nine days instead of a week. But close enough.

At the time, I was concerned about the health of our two young wisterias (glycines, in French) at the front of our house, because they had “barely any hint of buds.” The worry was that our relatively harsh February weather had killed them.

But by this morning, things were looking much brighter on both sides of our front steps. Here’s one of the main stems, showing decent growth:

Vertical wisteria

Some nice young leaves and shoots are peeking out now.

And here’s the vine on the right side of our steps, as it grows horizontally across the stone wall below our bathroom window:

Horizontal vine

Tendrils are growing out, just as they're supposed to.

So it looks like our wisteria are off the Endangered Species list around here. Now we’re worrying about our great, tall oleander at the side of the house. It’s looking decidedly frost-bitten. Up next — Operation: Oleander Watch.

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4 Responses to Operation: Wisteria Watch, Week 1

  1. Lesley says:

    Amazingly the Wisteria is Blooming along the road outside the Notaire’s office,
    I’ve just advised our friends that the Winter butchery of one of our trees did not kill it and the green shoots or recovery are just starting to sprout.

  2. loren24250 says:

    Lesley, I saw some wisteria blooms (the purple ones) this morning at a friend’s house. Couldn’t believe it, given how far behind our vines are. Obviously we bought the late-blooming variety.

  3. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Looks promising. Hope you get some blooms soon. 🙂

  4. loren24250 says:

    I believe there is an early-blooming variety and a later-blooming variety. One of our neighbours, whose wisteria is featured in my photo at the top of my blog, already has lots of blooms on her huge wisteria vine. But funnily enough, there are almost no leaves — just the blooms.

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