You’re probably thinking that the first flower to appear on a plant is not a big deal. In most cases, I’d agree. But this time, it’s different.
The plant in question is one of the two wisteria vines (or glycine in French) currently engaged in climbing up the limestone walls on the front of our house. It’s the vine that’s latched on to the wall at the right side of the stairs.
When we planted the two vines, in the spring of 2011, the first comment from one of our friends in Daglan was simply: “You know it won’t flower this year, don’t you?”
“Well, gee, thanks for that,” we thought at the time. “Any other jolly points to make?”
It turns out that our friend was right.
And on doing a bit of Internet research, my wife Jan and I learned that it often takes years and years for wisteria to come into flower.
Now when they do, they can be pretty spectacular. Long-time readers of Radio Free Daglan may remember that when I started this blog, I used a photo of a flowering wisteria vine as RFD’s header photo. The vine ran along the front wall of a neighbour’s home, and looked like this:
If I say so myself, it’s a darn good start. We’re very proud.