Sunday, May 17, 2009

Today's Flowers - May 17


Wisteria
Class: Magnoliopsida, Order: Fabales Genus: Wisteria, Species: W. sinensis

This wisteria has been growing in my back yard for over 15 years. I planted it in the far back corner, thinking that it would put its runners on the fence and spread out. I was so right! At the height of the summer, the runners from the main trunk reach over 20 feet from the trunk. However, the older branches have become intertwined in the chain link and are a real mess to look at in the winter when all the leaves are gone. It's hardy, though, and is one of the first plants to bloom in the Spring. Also, it has a lovely fragrance, and I like to snip clusters of the racemes and bring into the house for a bouquet.



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38 comments:

Snap said...

I love wisteria. I think I have just the place for some! :D

Patty said...

Beautiful flower

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wisteria is pretty--but I don't care for its strong fragrance much.. Guess --if there were some nearby, I'd get accustomed to that smell. It's strong like Honeysuckle--and I like Honeysuckle.

Have a great day, Pat...
Hugs,
Betsy

jinksy said...

How I'd love to have some trailing round my humble abode! Lovely photo...

afeatheradrift said...

Oh my Pat, how perfectly lovely. I know you must love it when it's in bloom and so fragrant to bring indoors to perfume the house! Such is the joy of spring!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Wisteria are some of my all-time favorites!!! Gorgeous shot! Love this! ~Janine XO

VALKYRIEN said...

A beautiful flower! Love the blue fading to white! Or the opposite!

Rose said...

I'm still waiting on mine to bloom...it is getting closer. My mom's wisteria was huge. It ran from one end of her front porch all the way to the other end...don't you just love them?

Island Style said...

Lovely..one of my favorites..not shot here-

expressodalinha said...

Fantastic flower you have here. I've just posted one in my blog. I am the "guest friend" today. The flowers you saw in "Today's Flower" are wild flowers from the rocks in the river Douro, north of Portugal. The second shot is a olive tree with it's flowers. Thanks for your visit.

Naturegirl said...

There is nothing more romantic than wisteria cascading over a trellis!
Love this flower!

Chriss said...

Lovely flower. Have a wonderful week.

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Gallicissa said...

Reminded me of the famous Wisteria Lane in Desperate Housewives! Good to see to actual flower. Have a super week, Pat!

ilanadavita said...

I like wisteria to. Thanks for sharing.

Arija said...

So pretty!

Blue said...

Hi Patti,
Me too, I have put a flower.
Yours is beatiful, Good shot!

Arkansas Patti said...

Your wisteria is just beautiful.I love it but in other peoples yards best as it can really take over. The end result does justify its few problems though. Lovely.

elk said...

Pat ~stunning color...as gardens age they are like an old friend!

Day4plus said...

Wisteria can be so beautiful and the fragrance is delightful. I like the purple best. MB

rhymeswithplague said...

I would try to write a poem, but the only word I can think of that rhymes with "wisteria" is "hysteria"....

ButterYum said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Tulip said...

gorgeous wisteria flowers, love the color.

JC said...

Wisteria is one of my favorites. I always reminde me of my Father's homeplace. Great memories.

Jeannelle said...

Very beautiful spring flower, Pat. I really never knew what wisteria blooms looked like before this.

Dewdrop said...

MY FAVORITE! Hey Pat! I've missed you!

Hilary said...

Just beautiful, Pat.

Bim said...

Wisteria, they're lovely!

Grace and Bradley said...

Lovely photo! We have two in our garden on Cape Cod. One climb on a dead tree, now fell down. One is on the front poach. I have to cut it back every year and it keeps on growing. I am afraid that it will eventually damage the house and have to cut it down someday.

♥ Denise BC ♥ said...

Hi, Pat
Very beautiful and delicate,love.
Hugs

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Pat

Wonderful your post today for TODAY´S FLOWERS!
Thanks for your support!

Luiz

Denise said...

Hi Pat, I would love to plant some Wisteria in my garden. Yours is just exquisite, a gorgeous photo. And I bet it is another bloom that has the most heavenly scent. Have a great day and thanks so much for sharing.

Joan said...

Love all your purple flowers!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Always beautiful; always inspiring. You are a star!!! Visit my blog to accept your award! ~Janine XO

Suldog said...

Wisteria is lovely. I truly adore all of the small fragrant flowers of that sort - honeysuckle, etc.

Cheffie-Mom said...

I love wisteria. Happy Summer! I came over from Janine's blog. Thanks for letting me visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

david mcmahon said...

You just talked me into planting wisteria!

TSannie said...

One of my favorite flowers and the bane of my hubby's gardening existence! Just beautiful, Pat!