I wish I was cool enough for a weekly post with an impressive, alliterative title like Wildlife Wednesday or Wordless Wednesday. But, I do have just enough content to eek out a one-time post on…. wisteria!
Wisteria is relatively new to me! I first learned about it last year when I posted this photo from the Biltmore on Flickr and called it “Cool Tree”.
Some smart aleck was quick to correct me, “That’s a vine, not a tree.”
Wisteria came back into my consciousness months later when I was eating on the terrace of the Larkspur Restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. One of my co-workers spotted it growing and marveled at the maturity of the vine. Upon inquiry, our waitress was able to deliver a quick history of that particular feature of the restaurant just as easily as she could recite the daily specials or the salad dressing options. So I suspect she was asked about it once or twice before. 🙂
This spring was the first time I got to consciously see wisteria bloom! A few weeks ago, I was at the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens and got to see the purple flowers in all their glory.
It’s a picture of a 200 foot redwood tree, covered in wisteria. As a result, it looks like the redwood tree is blooming purple!
And from big to small. If a wisteria-covered redwood tree is too daunting for you, you can purchase Japanese wisteria in shrunken bonsai form. 🙂
Phew. Glad I only have to do this once.
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