April 1st 2016

Well, not a good start to my resolution to post every day for April and May.  I was out visiting historic gardens with my students and was exhausted when I returned home late in the day.

Since Wednesday’s post the wisteria is opening more and more; the perfume now permeates into the house through open windows and the huge carpenter bees are in a frenzy to drink the nectar from each individual bloom.

Wisteria 'Prolific'

Wisteria ‘Prolific’

Wisteria 'Prolific'

Wisteria ‘Prolific’


Wisteria ‘Prolific’

Wisteria 'Prolific' with Rosa 'Rimosa'

Wisteria ‘Prolific’ with Rosa ‘Rimosa’

Just to prove there are other things in the garden to enjoy, I like this combination of Anemone with Tulip ‘Jan Reus’, these were planted about 5 years ago so now exh bulb is producing 3 or 4 stems of slightly smaller flowers.

Anemone coronaria 'The Bride' and Tulip

Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’ and Tulip ‘Jan Reus’ 

Have a lovely gardening weekend.




25 thoughts on “April 1st 2016

  1. Your wisteria is absolutely amazing! I can imagine the perfume and the bees delight. I also like your combo of tulips with anemone, spring is putting on a wonderful display!

    • Spring is the best time in any Italian garden; as soon as the heat intensifies and there is no more rain everything will want to hibernate so I am enjoying it all white I can!

  2. That wisteria looks wonderful, I can almost catch the scent. Joyful photos to see from here ,where after a couple of nice days, all is cold rain again. Narcissus Thalia is gracefully nodding in the borders though.

  3. Youe wisteria is sumptuous! I was visiting yesterday where there was wisteria growing across the front of the house and thought of you. Love the fragrance and the pea-shaped flowers.

    • We’re sitting under the pergola having lunch. Clams with pasta, the perfume is wonderful but the overriding sensation is the sound of the carpenter bees – hard to capture but I should try.

  4. Wisteria is so beautiful. Unfortunately for us it is a serious invasive pest. It’s in full bloom now in so many areas here where it was not planted (by man). I would love to grow it for its beauty and fragrance, but I’ll just have to admire yours. Lovely.

    • I need something else now in this area to carry the interest through, although there are lilies planted further back in the border so the eye tends to go to those.

  5. Hola Christina su Wisteria es espectacular, preciosa. ¿Cómo hace para que florezca tanto? ¿Acaso la poda y cuando? Yo tengo una Wisteria floribunda plantada hace 6 años. Ha crecido bastante sujeta a una pérgola de madera pero no ha florecido nunca. Se deberá a que las temperaturas desde Noviembre hasta principios de Abril son muy frías llegando en lo meses centrales a estar a temperaturas de 10 grados Centígrados bajo cero por la nochce y por el día a -6º Centígrados con nieve.Pero luego en Mayo en un segundo se llena de hojas y crece más. Gracias Christina. Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

    • My wisteria is Wisteria sinensis ‘Prolific’; I think floribunda which comes from Japan is more sensitive to the cold. I prune mainly in January or February back to 2 or 3 buds on each stem. But I’m surprised it doesn’t flower even if much later than mine. Was it grown from seed (never very reliable for producing a flowering wisteria or from a graft from an established plant?

      • Hola Christina. La compre en un vivero con muy buenas plantas en tiesto de un metro o un poco más de altura y tenía unas buenas raíces sanas. Nunca la he podado. Como aquí aún hace bastante frío la voy a podar. Muchas gracias por tus indicaciones. Ya te contaré qué ocurre con la wisteria. Muchos Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

        • If you’ve never pruned it Margarita I’m sure that’s why it has never flowered. It is advisable to always buy wisteria when it’s flowering so you can be sure it has been grown from good flowering stock.

          • La compre a primeros de Marzo y las yemas estaban durmientes. Muchas gracias por su recomendación. Es muy amable. Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

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