The recent spell of hot, sunny weather after the wet period has made our white Japanese wisteria go into overdrive.
The wisteria grows up and over a pergola over the patio, which it was intended to create a shady spot in the garden as I dislike sitting in the full sun and the garden has no natural shade. The racemes of blossom this year are the biggest and longest I have seen.
The scent from the blossoms is overpowering, quite amazing but quite short-lived. The bees are attracted to it in droves, which I hope is a good thing. The forecast wet weather for the Bank Holiday will end this showy display and bash it all to the ground, so fingers crossed we don’t get any torrential thunderstorms.
Wikipedia states that “The flowering habit of Japanese wisteria is perhaps the most spectacular of the Wisteria family. It sports the longest flower racemes of any wisteria; they can reach nearly half a meter in length.” with which I would agree.
Again, from Wikipedia, “Japanese wisteria can grow over 30m long over many supports via powerful clockwise-twining stems.” It certainly is a vigorous plant, and every year we cut back massive amounts just to keep it in check.
I love the short-lived display of this magnificent plant. My only reservation is that I have to keep sweeping up underneath it as first of all you get a shower of the papery blossom covers, then a deluge of falling blossom. Finally, in the autumn, the leaves drop too. Such a shame it couldn’t be an evergreen!
A closeup of one of the pea-like flowers, with an artistic twist. Its hard to get good shots insitu with the breeze wafting them about.
The ghastly weather has taken its toll. The wind and rain has stripped the wisteria of its blooms, and it lies brown and sodden like a carpet covering the patio! At least the bees had a few days to enjoy it.