53 thoughts on “Climbing Gracefully to the Top of the House”

  1. oh I am so envious . . I love wisteria. I had an amazing one until it suddenly died back one year. Two years ago it showed signs of life again, but no flowers . . . and the new one I bought to replace is also not flowering yet. Think it might have to be third time lucky for me

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    1. I remember that when we were in France the wisteria we acquired took several years to establish itself. We just got it going … and then moved back to England. It is the most wonderful plant, isn’t it?

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  2. I love wisteria too, especially against stone as here. It grows wild and is very vigorous where my sweetheart lives so some people think of it as a weed. I always think we should be so lucky to have weeds like that!

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    1. Definitely! Walking through a small French village to be greeted by wall after wall of tumbling wisteria, and bank after bank of iris in every imaginable hue is one of life’s secret pleasures.

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  3. I love wisteria, sadly we don’t live in one place long enough to nurture one and see it bloom. I’ll add Wisteria to the list of things the forever – home must have!

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      1. The family situation doesn’t warrant it and you have a lovely place there. You can always spread your wings for a little while when this is behind us 😉💕

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  4. We had a fabulous wisteria in a former garden but have nowhere to put one here. Richard refuses to contemplate one growing up the side of the house and our garden is so windswept an arbour wouldn’t last very long. I will have to make-do with gorgeous photos like yours!

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  5. I notice from the other comments that this is on your house. How lovely. I had a plant in Doncaster on a south facing wall which I tended and pruned for many, many years without a single flower. Then I got one or two blooms one year, then a few more the next and then… I moved. Sigh! I used to love visiting Wisley to see the wisteria there and fortunately in the village where I taught there was a lot of wisteria hung cottages. I’d love to have a sniff of the perfume now, but the only place I have seen it here is at Trellisick Gardens which sadly is closed. I do hope the NT will open their gardens and parks soon.

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    1. I know! I’m a NT volunteer, and it’s such a shame not to be there at the best time of year. However, more time to enjoy the wisteria and lilac here, so it’s not all bad.

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      1. To be fair, 80% of the staff are furloughed, and no volunteers. I guess they don’t want to announce what will happen about membership until they know what the next steps are, and when visitors will be allowed again. I doubt if we’ll lose out. I hope not.

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  6. Wisteria is so heavenly I am sure it will reach the roof. I can’t decide if I like the colour or the scent more – made all the more precious by the relatively brief flowering time.

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    1. I know. So glad that lockdown has ensured we’re here for every last bit of flowering. We should have been going away in a few days and would have missed some of this, and some of the lilac too. There are compensations!

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      1. Well we can look for the compensations … Sorry though that you are missing out on going away.
        We also were scheduled to go away on a trip in mid-May. We cancelled early and so got our deposits back at least. We are thinking of scheduling a “holiday at home” to cover the dates we would have been away, but not sure if we will get our act together in time! One needs to be organised to take a holiday 🙂

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