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Sun May 16, 2021, 04:54 PM

Look how pretty our wisteria is this year.

Last year my husband thought it was dead. I said do not lay a clipper on those branches or you'll be the dead one! Ha

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Reply Look how pretty our wisteria is this year. (Original post)
Croney May 2021 OP
CaliforniaPeggy May 2021 #1
hlthe2b May 2021 #2
hermetic May 2021 #3
spooky3 May 2021 #4
XanaDUer2 May 2021 #5
Croney May 2021 #7
Chainfire May 2021 #9
Croney May 2021 #10
Chainfire May 2021 #13
Mr.Bill May 2021 #12
PhylliPretzel May 2021 #26
The_REAL_Ecumenist May 2021 #43
Mr.Bill May 2021 #46
The_REAL_Ecumenist May 2021 #52
True Blue American May 2021 #58
pazzyanne May 2021 #17
Chainfire May 2021 #18
pazzyanne May 2021 #19
Chainfire May 2021 #25
The_REAL_Ecumenist May 2021 #44
paleotn May 2021 #22
raccoon May 2021 #33
TheRickles May 2021 #47
Chainfire May 2021 #6
Croney May 2021 #8
Hekate May 2021 #29
NJCher May 2021 #36
SheltieLover May 2021 #11
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Ellipsis May 2021 #15
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samnsara May 2021 #35
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Hekate May 2021 #28
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samnsara May 2021 #34
Croney May 2021 #45
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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 04:56 PM

1. How beautiful! Sure looks fantastic. ♥

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 04:56 PM

2. Gorgeous!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:03 PM

3. That is lovely!

I've noticed the lilac bushes around here are looking quite flowerful this year. Wish I had wisteria, though.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:05 PM

4. Wow! Nt

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:08 PM

5. That's so beautiful! Where is that?

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #5)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:09 PM

7. Our yard in Massachusetts.

🙂

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Response to Croney (Reply #7)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:11 PM

9. Why, I didn't know you Yankees had such nice Wisteria. I thought it was a Southern speciality.

I guess the next thing you will tell me is that you have Magnolias, Honeysuckle and Confederate Jasmine! Y'all just took everything when you left.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #9)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:13 PM

10. We got no Confederate nuthin'.

😉

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Response to Croney (Reply #10)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:28 PM

13. Well Good! I guess the carpet bag was full! ;)

The Confederate jasmine grows wild here. It has beautiful yellow flowers and the smell is intoxicating. I have been trying to get it to grow on my back yard fence. I don't know why it is Confederate Jasmine, but it fits in well with all the right-wingers around me.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #9)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:26 PM

12. It grows well here in

Northern California, too.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:40 PM

26. When visiting Berkeley, California

in 1957, I saw wisteria for the first time. The many trunks were supported by a wooden pergola which covered a large church courtyard; it was filled with so many gorgeous purple blooms that it shaded the entire courtyard. I was awed with its beauty!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:05 PM

43. Yep! I have one here that is trying it's very best to strangle my one of my redwoods. It's

beautiful in the spring but man, is it a messy thing, constantly dropping it leaves all over the patio mnost of the year compunded by the dead flowers after the heavy spring bloom. I love it though. I'm just north of the capital near the edge of Sacramento & Sutter counties.

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Response to The_REAL_Ecumenist (Reply #43)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:16 PM

46. I'm in Lake County and about 25 years ago we rented

a house that had it growing all over a pergola over our deck and front door. The shade was nice and it looked beautiful, but it was a lot of work. At least once a year I had to trim it way back or we would not have been able to get to our front door. The trimmings filled a pickup truck bed. If I wasn't renting and I owned the place I would have cut it back a lot more but the landlord didn't want me to do that.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #46)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:31 PM

52. Howdy, Sorta kinda neighbor! Yep, we bought this place about 11 yrs ago but I was Dx w/stage 4B

cancer about 5 months later. The idiots who "landscaped" the yard thought it made sense to it on one of the patios to let it grow over the pergola but, honey! This thing is a monster from outer space and fighting cancer added with Bae working all the overtime he could equalled having the yard look like hell. Won the war but now trimming Norcal's version of the Ho Chi Minh trail begins.

BTW, I'll soon be your neighbor from the northwest. Looking for large acreage to your northwest. Humboldt county. Already have anout 25 acres in the paskenta area west of Corning.

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Response to The_REAL_Ecumenist (Reply #43)

Mon May 17, 2021, 07:11 AM

58. Thank you!:)

The most invasive plant I ever had. Roots like I have ever seen, but it is beautiful.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #9)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:08 PM

17. We have magnolias and honeysuckle in southern half of Minnesota.

That thanks due to people working to develop magnolia that will grow in Zones 4 and 5.

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #17)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:14 PM

18. Minnesota, that is a Canadian province, right?

Y'all may get the plants, but you will never get the drawl!

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #18)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:16 PM

19. You got that right!

Call mine a mid-western twang.

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #19)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:35 PM

25. I lived one year in Chicago.

My strong Southern accent was an albatross that followed me everywhere I went. People who talked like I did were assumed to be idiots.....After I figured that out, I used it to my advantage and played it to the hilt. There is no advantage like having your enemies underestimate your abilities!

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #25)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:13 PM

44. Not a southerner BUT you are saying what I always tell people- it ALWAYS works in your favor when

folks believe you're stupid because they'll NEVER expect you to be strategic or outflank them. It's doubly in your favor is they're stupid AF, (you know, kind of like the latest iterration of the GQP). IDIOTS! They're EASILY defeated with a conspiracy theory spread with a poison pill in it for their own party. Only need to make sure that it seemingly comes from someone who appears to one of their own and sounds b@t$h!t crazily in line with the lastest qanon insanity.

You, my friend, are MY kind of people!



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Response to Chainfire (Reply #9)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:30 PM

22. Wisteria grows in lots of places. It's a tough bugger.

Too tough sometimes. It can become invasive if not kept in check.

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Response to Croney (Reply #7)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:09 PM

33. I was going to ask where it was too. Ours bloomed a few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago.

I was going to ask where it was too. Ours bloomed a few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago. In SC.

Beautiful plant. I love the smell of the blossoms too.

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Response to Croney (Reply #7)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:18 PM

47. Here in Western MA, the leaves are just starting to open

It'll be a few weeks before our flowers look like yours (not quite as bountiful, though!).

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:09 PM

6. That is beautiful. I love the plant.

A few years ago, an old house changed hands in the small town near me. In the front yard was Wisteria that was so old that its main stem was nearly 30" in diameter. It was a Wisteria "tree." Not long after the new owners moved in, they cut it down and removed the stump. To me, it felt like a crime.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #6)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:10 PM

8. Oh no. What a loss.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #6)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:52 PM

29. I don't understand how people can do that

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #6)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:29 PM

36. I'd have

sent them an anonymous letter about the curse of the wisteria tree.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:22 PM

11. Gorgeous!



Ty for sharing with us!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:42 PM

14. My mom was always railing about the horrors of wisteria

I think related to uprooting sidewalks and foundations or crawling all over a house.

I've never seen one before. Beautiful!

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #14)

Mon May 17, 2021, 01:37 PM

66. It can be really invasive.

I've had to remove tons of it from my yard, because if allowed to run amok it will choke just about everything else out, although the aroma is lovely in early spring.

For people with the time, patience, and discipline to train it and keep it pruned, wisteria can be a beautiful plant, as Croney's OP illustrates. Of course, that's in Massachusetts, where winter temps probably keep it line better than here in Georgia.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:51 PM

15. Beautiful.

I be jealous.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 05:54 PM

16. absolutely lovely! glad you told him to keep those clippers to himself. lol! nt

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:26 PM

20. Huh? Where's the green leaves? It's just all blossom? Has

It ever blossomed before? I posted a while back that we had had ours for 19 yrs and all of sudden it bloomed. Just green leaves before then.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #20)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:33 PM

24. Oh yes, it has leaves, and has blossomed for 20 years.

It was only last year that it decided to take the year off to hibernate and play dead. Toward late summer it did show green but there wasn't time to blossom before winter.

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Response to Croney (Reply #24)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:22 PM

50. It's so weird how they are all so different. Like I see almost

zero green in that pic. Blooms amazing.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #20)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:23 PM

35. omg i planted mine in 1995 and never bloomed..never really grew either :(

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Response to samnsara (Reply #35)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:20 PM

48. Wow... The longest first blooming listed was like 20 years. Wild that

It didn't grow either. Sorry you got a bum wisteria.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:29 PM

21. A planet overgrown with lovely plants and greens thanks to lower pollution from pandemic.

 

It's happening all over the world. Growth seldom seen before and low pollution is the reason. The pollution is picking up once again so enjoy the growth while it lasts.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:30 PM

23. Wow! Love it!

Lucky you!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:47 PM

27. I have a love / hate relationship with wisteria.

Beautiful flowers in spring like yours. Years ago when we lived in NC, wisteria had naturalized on our back property over who knows how many decades into a tangled mess. Over the first 5 or so years we owned the place the best we could do was fight it to an uneasy truce. Wisteria is beautiful, but also a tough bugger down south. Not as oppressive as kudzu, but close.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #27)

Mon May 17, 2021, 09:06 AM

60. BEWARE! Dangerous beauty - Worse than kudzu

I live in NC and make my income through my targeted grazing business (goats eating unwanted vegetation). We can eliminate kudzu in one season through repeat grazing. Kudzu is a tuber. By regrazing each time the plant's leaves grow to 75% of their full size we can exhaust the tuber/deplete its reserves. Wisteria on the other hand....there is one patch that is just now dying after 4 years of grazing.

I do consultations for people prior to contracting with them for our services and I cannot tell you the number of beautiful forest areas and hardwood trees that I have seen destroyed by wisteria. Literally hundreds. I also cannot tell you the number of residential yards we see that are carpeted by wisteria. We can often trace the growth back to the first ornamental planting installed years ago. Often the first plant was installed in a "perfect" spot. Perhaps beside a pergola or garden feature. Through the passage of time, the garden was neglected, the house was sold or left vacant or the property was simply sold to people who did not know that wisteria must be carefully controlled.

Maybe the risk is not as bad in more northern areas, but given the damage to native forests that I see on a daily basis, I would outlaw the sale of wisteria in any location where it grows easily and abundantly. I often describe it to my customers as the epitome of dangerous beauty.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:50 PM

28. Beautiful! Rarely do I see wisteria here in SoCal on the coast, but there was a random patch...

...in Santa Barbara, hanging directly over the 101 freeway. I used to look for it every spring while I was in SB. Beats me how it got there or how it survived, but it was a treat. Enjoy!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #28)

Mon May 17, 2021, 08:17 AM

59. There is a little landscaped park in Ojai,

...called Cluff Park, which has a long arbor over a walkway, covered in Wisteria.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 06:57 PM

30. That is so beautiful!

Lovely picture!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:02 PM

31. That is a sweet setting

With that gem of a wisteria in the center. Beautiful, thanks for sharing it.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:02 PM

32. When they say a plant (like wisteria) only blooms on old growth,

I get confused how to prune it. I pruned mine hard a couple years ago and it barely bloomed the next year.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:21 PM

34. Im so jealous! i planted wisteria next to the house when i first moved here in 1995..never bloomed.

..then the vines grew through my cedar siding and we tried to kill it as it can really cause damage when next to a house. Chopped it up chopped it down..now its trying to come back to life. IF i resurrect it.. should I try transplanting it in another area?

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Response to samnsara (Reply #34)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:15 PM

45. Yes! Maybe it just wants a different view.

🙂

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:31 PM

37. Those flowers look a lot like the lilacs we have in our back yard.....

Are wisteria and lilacs related? Here's what we wake up to in the morning, but they're almost gone (they only last about 3-4 weeks):

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Response to George II (Reply #37)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:25 PM

51. Lovely! They do look similar.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:35 PM

38. lovely.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:39 PM

39. Heaven, lucky you!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:50 PM

40. Lovely!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:51 PM

41. That back yard has character

that only comes with age!

Grows well here in Adelaide, South Australia too.

I planted one, trained it on a trellis - then moved home. 8-(

Hope the new owners kept it, should be 30 years old by now.

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Wisteria arch at the local botanic gardens.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:03 PM

42. Such a glorious bloom of wisteria on your pergola...

while there are gorgeous pergola wisterias, blooming in NYC's Brooklyn Botanical Garden, on a building in Wave Hill's Garden Park, and along the western fence of the NY (Bronx) Botanical Garden - you might be surprised to find at times...

beautiful wisteria growing up 4, 5 stories high on some of our older apartment buildings - at least in The West Village in the past (not been on those particular streets in several years). I was visiting that area frequently for decades, and pass it at that time of year! 💖

Glad yours didn't get cut. Enjoy!

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #42)

Sun May 16, 2021, 08:21 PM

49. Thanks! Here's a view from the other side.

My husband built all structures and paths and he is in charge of weeding and planting. Garden going in now. It's been great during Covid that he can work in the yard.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 09:35 PM

53. Breathtaking!

And I'll bet the fragrance is above heavenly.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 10:01 PM

54. Just gorgeous!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 02:16 AM

55. That is so lovely ☺️

Thank you for sharing ❤️

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 02:48 AM

56. What a wonderful place for a morning coffee and bagel

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 04:28 AM

57. Lucky you to have such beautiful wisteria

in your yard.

I was in France in April several years ago and the wisteria was just knockout gorgeous everywhere. Here in the south it grows wild, but it wasn't terribly pretty this year.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 09:55 AM

61. An exquisite oasis! The Wisteria is stunning.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 11:31 AM

62. Wow

Thatís gorgeous

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Response to seta1950 (Reply #62)

Mon May 17, 2021, 11:39 AM

63. Beautiful

There is one in Sierra Madre Ca. that is considered one of the 7 horticultural wonders of the world, it weighs 250 tons and spreads across an acre between 2 houses

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 12:06 PM

64. so THAT'S a wisteria

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon May 17, 2021, 01:06 PM

65. Gorgeous!!!

I just love wisteria, but I don't really have anywhere for it to climb. I had the opp. to get a ton of lumber for a ridiculous price and wanted to make a pergola, but my wife was having none of that.

You have a very peaceful-looking yard!

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