Wisteria’s Reprieve

The wicked wisteria vine finally redeemed itself. We were disappointed in its blooming for three years, beginning with the year we bought the house. You’ll say I expected too much of it. You could be right, since it wasn’t due to bloom for another month that first time. I watched for blooms the next year and saw none. Last year there were a few miserable little clusters hanging on the underside, like they were hiding. I had it in for that invasive plant. It frothed green all summer and looked like bare bones the rest of the year. All it was good for was taunting me to trim it. Murder was in my heart. I wrote about it five times last year, none of it complimentary. It grabbed neighbor Logan’s airplane, attacked an innocent butterfly bush, mocked me when former neighbor Amy added a nice bench and a lovely birdbath under it, and exploded in wild growth whenever I wasn’t looking. Oh, yes! I had it in for that creeping monster. This year buddy, this year OR ELSE.

I looked at the wisteria and walked outside to examine it. There were suspicious growths on the ends of sticks. Five blooms came out, followed by a hundred or so the next few days. I’m not going to recant. I meant every ugly thing I said about it, but I’m willing to put that in the past. John and I are looking out the kitchen window whenever we pass and commenting on its beauty. The final blessing came when a rainbow arched over it.

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34 thoughts on “Wisteria’s Reprieve

  1. Ah, the rainbow kiss is the secret. The willful ugly duckling now the elegant one. (and I keep warning a neighbor who is considering wisteria that 1. it’s sticks in winter and 2 make sure you like it, ’cause once it settles in….
    Lovely views!


    1. Hydrangea may be next on my hit list. We have only one, and it has never bloomed since we came here. I hope you get blooms this year — lots and lots of them. Your patience should be amply rewarded.

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    1. Oh, yes! I hacked at the vine relentlessly to keep it from overtaking the house with us in it. I thought it hadn’t bloomed because I cut it at the wrong time, but that was not the reason. I cut it back every fall as I was supposed to. I did my job. It didn’t, until now.

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      1. Better late than…etc.
        That reminds me of when we first bought a house (when I was still married) – someone told me pruning lilac trees was a good thing. What they neglected to tell me was: in the FALL!! Not in the SPRING!! Lolol!!


    2. We have a lilac bush in our garden, and it is next on my watch list. It bloomed last year. This year the bush was full of buds which are still sitting there, not moving. Perhaps they were frozen at just the wrong time. Three years in a row of these shenanigans, and I’ll ask John to sharpen the axe. You are on notice, Mrs. Lilac!

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    1. Thank you for the alert, Faye. There were eight of your comments in spam!!!! I don’t understand how it happens, but it’s a good reminder that I should check the spam area routinely. I don’t even want to miss a blank space from you!

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      1. I routinely check mine also after I found out comments were heading there! It always makes me wonder how wordpress picks and chooses what is or isn’t spam???
        Though I must admit I do like Spam….the food in a can :).

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  2. Oh Anne, it’s lovely. I’m so glad it bloomed for you. We have a small wisteria. I grew it from a twig sold in a bag. It has taken years, but now it is lovely, but alas, it is a wild grower, and overnight it can send out a long arm of a vine that can almost take hold of you and squeeze. We are in a constant state of clipping with the trimmers throughout the summer. But oh, the blooms make it worthwhile…and the fragrance is pretty too. I like the long velvety seedpods it holds onto throughout the winter.


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