For quite a few weeks, as winter ended and spring seemed just around the corner, my wife Jan and I were worried — about our glycine vines (which you probably know better as wisteria).
We have two of these vines growing on the front of our house, and we had pruned them rather dramatically last autumn, in an effort to get them to bloom more in the spring. But as 2018 unfolded, no buds were appearing. I was preparing to write a parody of the famous Dead Parrot sketch, but featuring a vine.
For background, here’s some of what I wrote in the posting “Tough love for our wisteria,” on October 21, 2017:
This past spring, the wisteria vines at the front of our house in Daglan grew leaves like champions, but failed to flower. What could have gone wrong?
The answer, according to a French friend of ours with substantial local knowledge, was that we had failed to prune the vines the previous autumn. So now that October is here, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder, we decided to follow her advice.
Well, today we had good news, although a rather small sampling of it. As I drove back home at around noon, Jan stopped me in the road in front of our house, and proudly pointed up to the end of one of the vines. And yes, there it was:
Okay, I admit it’s not (yet) a prize-worthy gardening gem. But at least it’s a start. Fingers crossed.