Friday, February 6, 2009

Could it be Wisteria?

It is OFFICIAL - as of February 3rd I have been a country dweller for six years. I remember the day of move in quit well. On that date the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred. I remember driving out to the new house listening to the tragedy unfold on my favorite A.M. station. When I arrived at our new home to greet the carpet cleaners much to my dismay the previous owner was STILL THERE moving items out. You would think the EXTRA month we gave him as requested on his original purchase agreement would have been enough. FYI - always have a good lawyer involved with a home purchase and remember - you get what you pay for! It was just one disaster after another on moving day. All the craziness that filled the first years of being out here was well worth it in the end. I love my home that we have been remodeling to make our dream home in the country and we have been enjoying all that country life has to offer in the short time we have been here. Looking forward to many more years in the 'boonies'. I have to laugh out load on that comment and I hope you join in the laughter as well!

Mystery Bush / Vine

With hopes of not letting the winter 'blah's get the best of me I have been researching new ideas for this years planting time and reviewing photos from my gardens past. During the time I have been spending looking through my photos I came across this photo I took late spring last year. I have always wondered what this 'crazy grower' maybe. I am posting this in search of my garden friends opinion. When I look up Wisteria the description found on the webpage fits the plant. However the flowers they show are different then the ones on mine. It could be a different variety??!! I do know this 'creature' was going NUTS along side our 1/2 acre pond when the second year we lived here hubby took a chainsaw to it because it had over taken so much space. The next spring it was blooming beautifully and the growth was amazing in one season.

Description

This Japanese cultivator dates back to the 1870s. Now rarely seen, this vigorous wisteria selection bears extraordinary double purple flowers clustered on fluffy racemes. The fragrance: head-spinning, delicious. In autumn, its foliage is brilliant yellow and gratifying. Provide a sturdy trellis or pole on which it can twine. Plant in average soil where there's at least a half-day of sun, and watch it grow and glow.


Hope you can put your two cents in and comment on what you think this maybe?

Happy Friday - from my frozen garden in the Midwest.

12 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Bren, consider yourself awarded the same award. I would love to pass it on to all of my readers, for they are all propagators of friendship, and good will.

That sure looks like a wisteria to me. What climate do you live in? Cold, warm?

If it is pruned properly it will definitely bloom profusely year after year...

The nursery that I worked in had a enormous specimen, in a wooden crate, stunning. Every May, we would use the forklift to bring it down near the street to show customers. Car stopping, that's how beautiful it was.

We grow many varieties around here, with flowers in various colors, pink, white, purple, mauve.

Jen

Jen

Dee (SP) said...

Hi Bren, sure does look like wisteria from this photo


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wisteria_floribunda5.jpg

The Army of Four said...

That's gorgeous! I'm not familiar enough with Wisteria to ID it; I'll send my sister over (the Ao4's "Aunt Janet"). She loves a good garden challenge. :)
Karen

queenofseaford said...

Bren- My sister wanted me to look at your plant and help out. It is a wisteria. There are many varieties of wisteria, so bloom color from the description wouldn't have to match your plant. Some varieties are more invasive than others. Two varieties are the Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda. Depending with whom you reference, one twines clockwise and the other counterclockwise. Underground roots can spread quite far and need to be controlled with Roundup or other glyphosates. According to Dirr the sinensis spreads less aggresively. It is a vine, though mature plants can be bush- like. Various cultivars range from deep purple to blue to white. Janet

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Could it be Chinese wisteria? My sister had it and it was huge and grew like crazy. Very pretty flowers though.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I really enjoy reading yours too!

linda may said...

G'Day, Thanks for visiting my blog. Good to meet you.
Yeah I reckon it is a wisteria. I have 2 on the back verandah here. They are s bit invasive though aren't they. Cut em' down and they come back stronger.
You have a 1/2 acre pond. Oh! I am jealous.I want... but will probably never get.
I always look forward to spring too, magic isn't it.

Strider said...

I enjoyed the pictures and the story...ah...country living. There is a Winery in this area that has a walkway with Wisteria growing over it as you head to the massive front doors of the building. Very nice. Don't forget to laugh over the weekend.

flowrgirl1 said...

looks like a wisteria to me. beautiful! THanks for following my blog. I just signed up for yours too! Love your pictures.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment over on my blog! You have some lovely photographs! That wisteria is stunning! :)

Brian said...

I understand what you mean about the "winter blahs". I'm ready for spring. nice blog.

brian
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Life With Dogs said...

I'm not sure what it is, but we won't see anything green around here for months. I am envious...

SusanSerene said...

Bren, congratulations on your six 'growing' years in the country!

Thank you for sharing all the beautiful photos from your little corner of the world. You inspire me!

Earlier today I ordered catalogs from Territorial Seeds and Nichols Nursery, both in Oregon. I'm so excited!

I, too, believe it's a wisteria growing there by your pond. It's quite lovely.

Blessings to you, Bren, and thank you, again, for the beauty and love that you share of God's incredible Nature so that we all can enjoy!