Just outside the back door in front of the kitchen window, we have a raised deck with a pergola, and growing over the pergola are two wisterias. Since we arrived here in April 2012 we have done little more than cut back most of the new growth each year. These two photos were taken exactly a year ago.
As you can see, the flowers look quite spectacular, but the stems have just grown wildly higgledy piggledy. Back in December of last year, GM showed me this article
. . . which made me realize that in order to have a really, really amazing show from our wisteria we really needed to do some work on it. So, on a dry and not too cold day in February this year we donned plenty of warm clothing, and armed with the right weapons (I mean tools) for the job, we set to work. You can read all about it here.
GM was convinced that we'd gone too far, but I had a little more faith than that, we have now been rewarded with a half-decent show of flowers this year,
and the knowledge of how to train and cut for even better showings in years to come.
I am aware that wisteria, along with laburnum, has poisonous seeds, so you can rest assured that all of the seed pods are removed as soon as the flowers have finished, posing no risk to visiting grandchildren.
p.s. Just look at that lovely blue sky, make the most of it, it's forecast to rain again tomorrow.