Friday, July 13, 2012


No, it's not May. And yet...

This spring, just as the wisteria was about to bloom, we were hit by a dry spell. Or maybe it got too cold. We weren't here so I can't say for sure, but when we got back to the house the wisteria buds were shriveled and dry. I was pretty sure the plant wasn't dead. (Could you kill it if you tried?) Sure enough, it soon leafed out and began its usual, rampant growth.

About three weeks ago I pruned back the vine. Pruned the hell out of it. And last weekend I'll be damned if I didn't see flower buds. What the?! It hadn't been my intent to provoke bloom, I just wanted to reduce the size of the vine, make it more manageable, keep it from pulling down the house.



At July 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM , Blogger Frank said...

It's just crazed this year. This ones a win win.

At July 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM , Anonymous Zoe said...

ooh! i'll have to check the wisteria down the alley that i enjoy on my spring dog walks... it too got zapped, though i doubt it received a careful pruning afterward.

At July 14, 2012 at 9:44 PM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

How cool is that? Are you going to make wisteria wine?

At July 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

We sometimes see re-bloom around the neighborhood, but only for folks who prune without mercy. Luckily, you are capable of such ruthlessness.


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