Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wisteria



The wisteria on my arbor over the deck is in full bloom now and I love it. It is this beautiful for a week and a half or so, and then, daily, snows purple blossoms all over the deck. It's a mess, but worth it for the time we have this beauty right outside our back door.








However, perhaps this wisteria can be classified as a parasite or a virus; it is trying mightily to destroy the structure on which it lives, as you may be able to see from the photo below. Look at where the horizontal beam is no longer attached to the support post. We (That's the royal we- what I really mean is dh ) have to figure a way to muscle it back up and a way to fasten it more securely. The weight of the wisteria has, over the past few years, pushed the beam down in spite of really sturdy bolts.



And here is a bonus-my beautiful fuschia. Once it gets hot, really, really Georgia-hot, the fuschia shrivels up and asks to be put out of its misery. But for awhile, it's a treat to have and the hummingbirds love it.


4 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Beautiful! I'm so jealous. We are a long way from fully blooming flowers up here. And I'm not sure we can even grow wisteria. Sigh.

calicobebop said...

So pretty! I love wisteria but I've never tried to grow it. Maybe in the next house...

Becca said...

oh gorgeous! i had a beautiful rhodedendron (sp?) in WV that I miss...

Sigrun said...

In spite of the destructive tendencies, the plants are lovely. We are 1 zone away from trying wisterias, and my fuchsias will stay in the greenhouse until the end of May. About the middle of may the hummingbirds will arrive here, and they take up temporary residence in our (commercial) greenhouse. Love the colors in the throw in the previous post.