For medical reasons, which I’ll describe at the end of this posting, I’m taking a break from blogging. You can expect Radio Free Daglan to be off the air (figuratively speaking) for a few weeks.
But before we leave, take a look at a show-off that’s growing chez nous: our single wisteria bloom.
Regular readers will remember that I have previously showed off this flower — the very first one to develop on the two vines that I planted in 2012 in front of our house. I proudly displayed it in a posting called “A first flower, featured,” just a week or so ago, on April 5 . Here is how it looked at the time:
But the darn thing has just kept on growing, and growing, and growing. Maybe it’s because all of the plant’s flower power (to coin a phrase) has been channeled into this one blossom. Maybe we’ve got a special long-flowered variety of wisteria. Or maybe we’ve stumbled upon a genetically superior wonder plant.
In any case, here’s a photo of my wife Jan holding up a tape measure to the flower, where she discovered that it’s now hit 72 centimetres in length — which is more than two feet, four inches long.
I have no idea if it will keep growing. But if it does, and its super size causes enough excitement in horticultural circles, we may have a new business opportunity — putting our wisteria out to stud. We shall see.
Our (temporary) shut-down: As noted at the start of this posting, I’m interrupting my (somewhat) regularly scheduled blogging for medical reasons — namely, an operation to deal with pinched nerves in my spine. Since I won’t be feeling too sprightly for a while, I thought it was better to just accept the fact that I’ll need a break. When I return to my regular and energetic explorations of the Greater Daglan Area of southwest France, Radio Free Daglan will return as well, and you’ll be among the first to know.