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My Wisteria is in Bloom - Now it is officially Spring

Category: Gardening Remembrances | Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:42 pm

March 22 was almost a month ago, the weather has been wonderful for the last 6 weeks. The garden is all green and everything is either blooming or has bloomed. But, today I woke up and the wisteria on my patio pergola was finally in bloom. The little cone shaped pods that began to appear last week were all purple and beautiful.

Full view of pergola ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

Welcome to the party Ms. Wisteria, we saved a place of honor for you.

A corner of the pergola ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

This is the third year for the wisteria and the first year that it has started the season already at the top of the support legs.

A view of the wisteria ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

It is growing from pots that the legs are set into and now I need to train each vine to grow across a different support beam.

My azaleas are now beyond peak but I took a few pictures while the flowers are still on shrubs. This is the first year I got the pruning right and the first year that they actually bloomed.

Azelea bushes along the garden side of my garage ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

Every year I would trim my bushes and hedges in Feb or March and my wife would have a fit and 'kindly' let me know that I cut off all the tips that would have been flowers in a few months.

Close up of the azaleas ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

Last year she stood guard over them and I could not get my pruners within a 100 yds of them. Then in Master Gardener class I learned that in the South you only trim spring bloomers after they lose their blooms and never after May 15th. Or next year as Seinfeld's Soup Nazi would say - No Flowers For You!, next year.

White azalea bush ( photo / image / picture from Accidental Gardener's Garden )

I love the wisteria but these were already planted for a year before I discovered they now have a continuous blooming version. But, I am not going to take out a few years of work to start over.

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daisybeans wrote on Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:58 pm:

Beautiful, AG! Really lovely. I've decided I really like azalea -- think I will put a couple in my front yard for a little color next Spring. Yours are very pretty. And the wisteria... isn't that a wonderful vine? Glad it is blooming for you -- I've heard they can sometimes be tempermental bloomers. I have several and one in particular is pretty spectacular this year. Not as dark a purple as yours is though, so Iguess a different variety. It's great to see your pretty yard.


Netty wrote on Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:29 pm:

You have some wonderful color in your yard!


gfreiherr wrote on Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:52 pm:

Your wisteria is beautiful and very healthy looking. Are the support legs in the pots of wisteria? Will they get root bound in them? They will certainly be spectacular when you train it along the top of the pergola. Your azaleas are looking lovely too. Keep those photos coming...we want to see more of your hard work and master gardener knowledge.


eileen wrote on Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:58 pm:

What a fantastic pergola for your wisteria to grow on!! Those azalias are absolutelyt gorgeous and make a really lovely spring show.


bsewnsew wrote on Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:40 am:

Just as gorgous as it comes.
thanks for the photos.


glendann wrote on Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:28 pm:

I love your azaleas.I really wish you all had my wisterias.I think the blooms are wonderful.The plant is deadly.I'm very sorry to say this is the most hated plant around me.Your best to keep them in the roots spread underground and keep spreading before you know it you have 100s of plants.It has choked over half of the trees in my moms old yard the beautiful red buds ,catawba,pecans and mimosa are dead from the wisteria and it has made it over a 4 th of a mile toward my brothers home and is getting near my home.This is just a warning as in Texas it is immposiable to kill or stop.

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