Wisteria hysteria

We’re in hysterics! Well, almost. At least we’re giggling happily.

Here’s why: About a year ago, I wrote with a fair bit of excitement about the single, incredibly long cluster of flowers that had developed on one of the wisteria vines in front of our house in Daglan. Why the excitement? Because it was the very first flower cluster to appear since I planted the wisteria (glycine, in French) in the spring of 2011.

I first wrote about our new pride and joy in the posting “A first flower, featured,” on April 5, 2014. But the flower cluster kept right on growing, so I provided an updated photo in my posting of April 13 — when the cluster had extended to almost three-quarters of a metre. Here’s what it looked like, with my wife Jan using a measuring tape on it:

It's at 72 centimetres, and may have more to go.

At this point, it had grown to 72 centimetres.

Now, in April 2015, we’re all set for our second crop — and it looks like it’s going to be a  real winner.

I discovered this just the other day, while standing in front of our house. When I happened to look up at the vine on the right side of our front steps, I was puzzled about some strange growths on it. What in the world were they?

Finally  I realized that the vine was dotted all over with long buds that looked like thin pine cones, although there were hardly any signs of leaves on the vines. In any case, I believe we’re virtually guaranteed a bumper crop of flower clusters to come.

And here’s what they look like now, as the flowers develop on the right-hand vine:

Those strange growths are the beginnings of our wisteria flowers.

Those strange growths are the beginnings of our wisteria flowers.

And then yesterday afternoon, I thought I had better pay some attention to the vine at the left of the stairs. And lo and behold — it’s started budding its first crop of flowers. Here it is:

The vine on the left is trying to catch up.

The vine on the left is trying to catch up.

It may take a week or two for everything to come out in full bloom, but you can bet I’ll be showing off the wisteria when the time is right. Ah, joy!

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3 Responses to Wisteria hysteria

  1. Cait says:

    It will be magnificent!

  2. michaelchudy says:

    Fabulous – can’t wait to see it in bloom!

  3. Sam and Jill says:

    We are totally “Wisterious” for you two. Congrats!

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