Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wild, Wonderful Wisteria

Is there something you have seen that is so beautiful you can hardly stop looking at it?
That you take so many photos of it that your SD card is nearly full?
I have...I do...and I did.
It's wisteria.

~a poem by Thelma Elizabeth Zaracostas

Upon opening the curtains
To welcome the day
You were standing there
Your head hung low
Your endless array of purple
Clinging to your slender limbs
You waved as the gentle breeze
Blew your delicate fragrance
My way
I love spring when you are in Full bloom
My beautiful magical plant

It started out as a single stick, probably about 8 or 10 years ago.
One of our patients at the clinic where I work had brought me a start off of hers.
During a conversation we had I'm sure I must have mentioned something about wisteria
and how smitten I was with this gnarled and tangled up mass of purple-ish pleasure.

I'm not sure about your area, but I never grew up seeing this in Ohio,
or even when I lived in Kentucky, for that matter.

For the past few years, it had gotten zapped with an early spring freeze and had little to no blooms.
It was a couple of weeks ago I noticed the slight hint of purple at the bottom of the driveway.

It starts out as these fuzzy little pods sprouting from the l-o-n-g, winding vines.

The vines will climb up anything close to this instance, what once was a small pine seedling.

Let me just say that they became very close friends that have pretty much grown up together :)

I actually think if you stood there beside it long enough,
 it would become one with you as well!

These photos were taken over just a few days...

...and once you see the first hint of violet, it's quite amazing the change the next day will bring.

We have seen many boring bees already buzzing around the house,
 but after the wisteria bloomed...

...I think just about every bee in the neighborhood was swarming around it.

I took my life into my own hands getting these shots :)

If I had to count them, I'd say there were...too many!
But I just couldn't stop myself...snap, snap, snap...

And just when I thought I was finished, I turned to go back up the driveway...

...and was mesmerized how the early evening sun had made these drooping beauties glow...
...snap, snap, snap...
Surely, there will be wisteria in heaven...there just has to be!
I will be heading to the sea shore tomorrow for a little spring break weekend with the grands!
YEEHAW...I'm so excited!
I'll catch up with y'all when I get back! 


  1. Beautiful, beautiful wisteria makes a great picture. Have a wonderful trip. Take care.

  2. Beautiful! I love wisteria! Enjoy your spring break!

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  4. The wisteria is one of my favorites. I love the blooms. Lovely images. Enjoy your trip to the beach!

  5. Wisteria is so beautiful! Yours is gorgeous!

  6. Absolutely whimsical and serene. Thank you for sharing!

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

  7. We don't,or can't grow Wisteria where I live but I am so glad you shared yours.They are stunning.

  8. We had wisteria when we lived in AL. and TN. Now that we're in GA, we haven't grown any. I do love it...your photos capture the beauty so well. What kind of camera do you use, if you don't mind my asking?

  9. Your wisteria is particularly beautiful! Have fun at the shore. I expect pictures. :)

  10. Have a wonderful trip! These are the best photos ever of wisteria. I nearly drove off the road today admiring the wisteria along the roadway. I love the scent, too. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty!

  11. We have a wandering wisteria that trailed over the hedge from the neighbour's yard to drape across our garden shed. We encourage it. It's far from blooming yet this year, so I'll enjoy your photos (GORGEOUS) now and our blooms later. Enjoy the beach and the grands.

  12. Well, it's no wonder that you can't stop taking pictures of the wisteria, Debby, it is just beautiful! I've enjoyed every single one of the photos!

  13. Stunning. My hospital room is filled with spring...

  14. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving all the purple.

  15. I always hear Wisteria but didn't know it is this lovely. Wow! Truly a stunning sight.

  16. Wisteria is wonderful, what a lovely selection of photo's you've shared, thank you.

    Have a brilliant time with the 'grands' such fun!

    All the best Jan

  17. Once again you have graced us with your amazing snap shots of God's beauty, Debby.
    Those are absolutely, positively gorgeous!
    Enjoy your spring break. :-)

  18. I grew up with a wisteria that grew at the end of our front porch, but mom had a line up between the posts, and always had some that stretched more than half way around the porch. I have always loved wisteria, and have one here, but the bloom pods stay short and fat. I don't know if it is cause we are farther north, or why. I still love it, but wish they grew as they did at home and as yours does here.

  19. It certainly is beautiful. It can very easily get out of hand and take over. It almost killed a couple of pine trees across the street from us.
    Your photos of this beautiful plant are breathtaking.

  20. I am a bit jealous, we live in an area that does not support these kinds of beautiful plants. So pretty and so colorful! Thinking of you! Hugs, Roxy

  21. What a lot of blooms and such pretty shades of lavender! Have FUN on your Spring break! Hugs!

  22. I have ALWAYS wanted a wisteria plant. Love all your beautiful photos. You have such a gift Debby.

  23. Just extraordinary!

    Warm hugs,

  24. Wisteria are just beautiful and I love your photos. I don't think I have ever seen them in southern California but my sister had a place in Michigan where it grew over the patio beams. There wasn't any roof just a blanket of wisteria. Really pretty!

    1. Thank you for your kin words! This must be a great year for wisteria...It is growing profusely everywhere I look this spring!

  25. {{sigh}} Your photos always bring a smile to my face. The second to last photo made my breath catch as it looked so enchanting with the glow of the sun on the wisteria.

    Wisteria....what beauty and charm! We don't have any here so seeing yours is a real delight. Your blog is such a wonderful place to visit, Debby!

    Love and hugs to you!

  26. Yes, wisteria is wonderful, but I don't know if I have ever seen such amazing and magical photos taken of it. Thank you so much for these fabulous images, Debby!
    Have a blessed new week... and much fun with the grands!

  27. Lovely wisteria, Debby. And the bee picture is spectacular! Now, I heard that the wisteria can sometimes be poisonous, is that true? I love how the flower just falls down like silk.


  28. Oh I love the look of wisteria. Love it.

    But doubt I have ever seen it growing.

    Living in the NE, with tough winters, don't know if it would survive.

    But I love, love, love all your photos! Especially the play of light through them, with the sun going down. Mmmmmmmm....

    Gentle hugs,
    Upper NYS

  29. Karen from Switchbacks mentioned you in a post so I came for a visit. I'm a Georgia girl living in Montana and I miss spring in the south with Wisteria. Driving down a road in a wall of purple on either side is amazing. I think I'm going to have to search a cold hardy type plant and see if I can grow it here. It was nice to visit.

  30. This is so beautiful, Debbie! I'm sharing the link on my blog this week on Thursday...Lord willing. :-)


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