I have a client who cuts off all her wisteria flowers. She loves its ability to follow a wire and create a precisely controlled woody structure, but hates the simpering mauve of the flowers.
Following Robin Powell’s insightful question about whether there was anything at Longwood that was so authentic as to make me want to copy it (though she put it better than that), I thought I’d throw down a few pics of stuff that I loved at Longwood.
Seems like some climbers are happier when they’re going up, and others when they’re going out. The wisteria I kept going on about back in early summer absolutely rocketed up its wire, but lost its way once it got to the top. It’s been staggering around drunkenly, and needs to be constantly tied into the horizontal wire.
Some time late last night, while no one was watching, that deceptively feeble looking shoot made it to the top
I was lounging on the verandah Saturday afternoon and, with nothing else to dwell on, was wondering (loungingly) if the feeble little vertical shoot of wisteria that had finally got the idea of winding around the wire I’d provided it two years ago, had it in itself to make it to the top, this season.
Eventually I decided it hadn’t … or didn’t … or whatever you’re supposed to say after the above.