Sunday, May 10, 2015

Visiting Through the Hedge



Our back fence neighbours (whom we never see) have a wisteria trailing along the fence that adjoins our property. We planted a hedge and they re-contoured their yard so neither of us can see the wisteria.  However, last year, a single vine peeked through the hedge. I encouraged it.
 

This year, the single vine brought a friend. A wisteria party is in the making. Tim is carefully training the vines to grow along the newly finished garden shed.
 

Yesterday was hot and sunny - a great day for drying paint. So we painted the shed. Tim took the vines down and gently replaced them when we were finished. 

Wisteria conjurs up the Deep South in my mind - perhaps I've read too many novels where wisteria trails along covered porches occupied by tea or mint julep drinking occupants. It's delicately scented and so pretty with its hanging clusters of flowers. I hope the vines like their perch so much that they bring along more friends next year! 
 
Linking (on Monday morning) to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage Garden.

44 comments:

Denise said...

Gorgeous pics, Lorrie! I LOVE, LOVE Wisteria -- it's one of my very favorites. The first place we lived when we got married, there was a wisteria vine growing over the fence next door. When I got home from work in the early evening, I could smell it after getting out of the car. It grows wild in some older neighborhoods here and on trees and old buildings. It's so old-fashioned to me and has the most wonderful fragrance in the world! Enjoy your wisteria party; the vine looks beautiful draped on your garden shed! Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, Lorrie!

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

ellen b. said...

Oh, I would welcome that friend forever. Such a beautiful plant that God created for us to enjoy!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful photos - I can almost smell the wisteria clear over here. Today I saw a wisteria that had climbed to the top of three trees - each at least 30 feet tall - unfortunately there was no place to pull over to take photos - but it was amazing.

Pondside said...

I love Wisteria. We had such a wonderful vine at Pondside. I am trying to decide whether or not to plant one here - they take such a lot of time to come to any sort of blooming maturity!

Stephanie said...

Oh how pretty! We don't have Wisteria here...is it sweet-smelling? It looks lovely growing along the edge of the roof :) Have a blessed week! Hugs!

Sara D.B. said...

Wonderful photos, Lorrie! Let's hope there will be more friends coming next year! :)
I fell in love with wisterias (of all colours) when living in Italy. We first planted a lilac one... and now I'm trying to grow its babies here in Finland. The plants stay indoors during the winter. We moved them outside yesterday, even though the weather was expected to turn again cool and rainy.
Have a lovely new week!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

They have a wisteria festival every year at Sierra Madre, California. It is home to the largest living plant.

Barbara Lilian said...

I love Wisteria, Where we now live was a dilapidated barn and before the renovation started I planted two Wisteria, I had visions of the terrace being draped with the beautiful purple clusters hanging from the beams. It only ever had 6 small blooms, Then by accident when Mr France was cleaning the pool furniture with bleach all the rinsing water killed them off. I hope the new twisting vine which has crept to your side of the fence will grow and give you many more years of beautiful clusters.

Mary Cromer said...

So, so beautiful and these gorgeous images made me sort of feel sad too. I just cut mine down, and then had to rid myself of the roots. They have become so invasive and had taken over way too much of the area where planted. I shall enjoy them from a distance now ;)

Jojo said...

A wisteria party! Love it! Living in the Deep South it is unimaginable to have a garden without wisteria. It can be invasive but it is also forgiving. During the spring and summer, following a pruning, I get more blooms. May wisteria grace many summers to come.

Sheila said...

You must appreciate that lovely gift from your unknown neighbour. Perhaps the wisteria likes the light it finds in your garden...Hope that you had a lovely Mother's Day!

Vee said...

It sure is pretty. It doesn't grow here. The paint job looks great!

handmade by amalia said...

I would party with wisteria any day of the week.
Amalia
xo

Elizabethd said...

You might take a tiny cutting? Or wait and see if any seed pods come on the branches.

Cheryl said...

What a lovely "visitor" you have there! Beautiful collages!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is so beautiful, Lorrie! Glad the wisteria 'neighbor' is friendly to you, even if the humans aren't particularly. It's obvious that the wisteria wants to come visit.

Jill said...

I'm surprised there isn't more wisteria planted! It's gorgeous. I need to plant a vine as I'm pretty sure it's hardy here but you don't see it sold near here. I'm reading back as I haven't been around blog visiting. Your parents-60 years! That is so much to celebrate! Think how few those celebrations will be with the divorce rate what it is. Your yard seems like it must be huge or at least you have it planted with quite a variety. All so pretty. I'm off to read your daughter's post now. I hope you had a lovely mother's day.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lorrie, I love the wisteria. I tried planting a vine wisteria but it does not look like it took.. :(

Your is so pretty, lovely images and mosaic! Have a happy day and week ahead!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ahhh... I also think of romantic porches covered with wisteria ... images probably gleaned from similar novels!

We hope your lovely 'neighbour' will continue to find her way through fences and hedges to wind fragrant vines over your shed.



Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Funny how we have romantic images of wisteria around the porch. When I was advised not to plant wisteria against our house...we built an arbour up front, just so I could have my wisteria. :) I'm not sorry! May you enjoy your neighbour's wisteria for many seasons to come.

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos of the neighbor's wisteria are gorgeous. I've been admiring the ones around here and they have the most heavenly scent.

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful photos and mosaics! I love wisteria also and have a good sized vine that climbs up a tall pine at the bottom of our driveway. Normally it is just full of drapy lovliness but this year it started coming out in bud and then gold cold, freezing most of the lovliness off! The vine has gone crazy currently and I have noticed just a few clusters w-a-y up at the top where you can barely see it! Last year it bloomed in the fall...go figure!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a delight it must be, Lorrie, to behold that gorgeous display and the wonderful scent from the wisteria vine!
I hope you had a blessed Mother's Day!

carolann said...

Oh lucky you. They are gorgeous. This sure is drape loveliness alright.

Amy at love made my home said...

How wonderful to have a wisteria coming peeping through from the neighbours!! We only get weeds, I would much prefer something as beautiful as this!! xx

Friko said...

Yes, I agree, the wisteria does look very pretty. How silly to grow it where you can’t see it. Your neighbours must be a bit peculiar?

You do know that wisteria needs quite careful pruning to flourish, don’t you?

Robin said...

Those are just beautiful. I would love to have wisteria, maybe someday. You are very lucky to have this little vine come to visit. Thanks for those lovely pictures, I enjoyed them.
Robin Hawkins www.heresmyhart.com

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Wisteria and southern magnolias, the things of romantic novels and movies. :-) It's nice when you can enjoy the neighbour's plants on your side to add interest to your own gardens.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Lorrie.

Donna said...

How lucky to have that wisteria peeking through...it is amazing.

Marilyn Miller said...

How very special to have the wisteria bring along a friend and just shine for you.
It is so pretty.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think of porches, too, and arbours, dripping with wisteria. Your interloper is a welcome and beautiful one!

Karen

Dawna Motz said...

Oh...how lucky! I hope that it grows and grows!! How pretty! Outside projects are in full swing here too. Mike and Melissa are also busy getting ready to seed grass and I see the cement truck is over at their place today ready to pour a bit of a pad by their front area. We are working on our outside fireplace area, getting grass seeded as well, and shingles are on the way!! YIkes!

Ida said...

What a shame that you can fully see the Wisteria but oh how lovely to have it vining over. It's just so pretty and delicate looking.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love wisteria...wonderful to have it volunteer to cover your fence. Our daughter and SIL in Oregon have a beautiful vine on one end of their barn... I always ask her for a progress report this time of year... It might still be in flower when we get back, if we're lucky and it doesn't get too hot too soon.

ann said...

The wisteria is lovely. I wonder if it grows here? If you can grow it there, we should be able to grow it here. It is one of those plants that you don't mind slipping over the fence.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I love the way wisteria drapes its beauty onto things around it. Just beautiful! x

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Oh my goodness I miss Wisteria...and that one is gorgeous! Of course by all means welcome it into your garden, it's going to be one it's best behaviour while it's there.

Jen

Anneliese said...

I'm smiling at how you get to borrow the neighbor's wisteria. I guess is it wanders into your yard you can get to enjoy it! It's lovely!

podso said...

My impression is that wisteria is not totally loved here in the south. I do love the scent but I think it can take over other plants, growing quickly.

heather meads said...

That's so nice that it has come over to your side and up along your new shed! It sure looks lovely and hopefully more comes!

Helen Philipps said...

Your wisteria looks so gorgeous, and what a lovely idea to train it to grow round the pretty painted shed! We planted a wisteria here a couple of years ago and it is just coming into flower......such a beautiful plant!
Helen xox

Barb said...

Wow, your wisteria is gorgeous. What a beautiful color too.
xoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a lovely shade of lavender! Mimosa trees are in full bloom here right now and they make me think of Southern places. Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Pamela Gordon said...

How nice you can share such beauty with your neighbour. It is beautiful.