Hello everyone, thank goodness we are back from our trip!! After getting home one of the first things I did was walk the gardens. My face lites up as soon as I spotted Miss Wisteria in bloom.
Seeing her bloom is one of my favorite things about our Spring garden….mine is Chinese Wisteria.
I have been told that I am attractive. Dainty and
pretty. Living in a cottage garden is so lovely. I am just
one of many residing in a drift of bright vivid colours.
Glistening cheerfully, I sway back and forth. It is said,
that I am an amazing performer. My dress is two tones
of purple. I never take it off. Sometimes little butterflies
kiss my petals and bees buzz by. I love a summer breeze.
Don’t you? The warm sun brings out a purring cat who
sleeps beneath my cool delicate leaves. I love her.
And close by are my friends, Wisteria, Petunia and Jasmine.
When the day is perfect, the sun high, the sky azure blue,
I am so overwhelmed with joy that I shout to my neighbours,
“Will you dance with me?” Oh, happiness. But I have a fear.
It dwells within my soul and I have lost some friends already.
Quick and without warning, it is an early death. My worst
nightmare is that I will end my life in a glass vase. . .
Wisteria is a glorious vine! But is is a vine that can take over the world if you let it…it is aggressive and on the USDA list of invasive plants. Wisteria is native to China, Japan and the eastern United States. It can grow as much as 10′ in a single year and travels underground (can be some distance) from the main plant looking for a something like a plant, tree or arbor to grow up.
Wisteria blooms on last years wood (old wood 1 years or older). Pruning annual or biannualy not only keeps to these vigorous vines to a manageable size but also creates a system of short branches close to the structure allowing you to enjoy the blooms close up.
Wisteria flowers in spring, May in my area, numerous summer flowers. I’ve learned that the worse the treat wisteria the better it will like you. I do NOT fertilize, water, care about drainage, or protect from wind, and trim it back hard every year. It does likes a sunny spot to bloom, but I also grow them up the columns on our porch, and will not bloom. Wisteria is hardy to Zone 5.
Wisteria does need a heavy hand to keep it under control and I prune back 3 times in the summer each time providing more sparse blooms. Here is a link to a Fine Gardening’s article on the pruning and training Wisteria.
Using one of my vintage linens with purple crewel flowers became the foundation for a pretty kitchen nook table setting. You must all know by now all treasures used in the tablescape are thrift store finds…
Pretty dishes from Goodwill..
A vintage handkerchief was placed under each plate.
Two of my purple floral teacups were used in the tablescape and in the front if my favorite trinket box.
Each teacup was filled with wisteria blooms and in the middle is a small raised milk glass pedestal bowl.
Its fun to pull out the purple dishes while creating a table scape reflecting the beauty of the Wisteria blooms.
Do you ever create summer tablescape with the colors of flower blooms from your garden?