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Goodbye Beautiful Wisteria

Had no idea it's been so long since I've been here! I've been so busy with writing, gardening, painting outdoor furniture, socializing, and the like, that time has simply whizzed by! And in terms of yard work, ours has been stepped up because one of my son's friends asked if she could have her graduation party here, with sixty plus guests. That will happen mid May.

Spring is always my favorite season what with the bombardment of delicious scents all around the property, not least of which has been from the wisteria which wraps around the back patio. It's probably forty to fifty years old and was a big part of what sold us on our home twenty-five years ago. It was in glorious bloom when we walked into the open house and we were transported!

Alas, a few weeks ago we realized that it was languishing and called for a plant doctor who unfortunately still hasn't arrived. Now, though all the gorgeous thick winding canes are still present, the plant itself seems to be dead. I've wept over it several times. It's somehow like losing a dear pet.

Though I had similar losses when an ancient apricot tree died, as well as a couple of grapefruits, (and when our neighbor made us cut down the almond tree when we first moved in because it was compromising the wall separating our yards) I can't get over the heartbreak I feel every time I am near it. We have other wisteria, but this one was old and wise and very dear to us. May it rest in peace...

image by BodieMor

(The photo of it flowering is from a spring some years back showing about a fifth of it. The one not flowering was taken about ten years ago in late summer.)

Image Credit » image by BodieMor

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maxeen wrote on April 18, 2015, 5:03 PM

I share your sorrow,we have a most beautiful wisteria that unfortunately loves to climb around the drain pipes and onto the high roof tiles ,then along comes Paul and promises to just trim a little of it -Poor wisteria almost always disappears and then we have big yells at each other !!

BodieMor wrote on April 18, 2015, 5:11 PM

Aw, shame on him! But at least it grows back, right? Ours was so hardy. I can't imagine what caused its demise.

MegL wrote on April 18, 2015, 5:48 PM

What a beautiful garden and that wisteria photo is absolutely gorgeous. I can understand your sorrow at it disappearance. Have you tried cutting it back severely? This can help them to regenerate but it takes a number of years before they flower again. Here is a page which also covers some of the diseases wisteria can get:

OnlyErin6 wrote on April 18, 2015, 6:43 PM

It's sad how little time we have to enjoy the wisteria and azaleas. They're such a pretty combination.

BodieMor wrote on April 18, 2015, 7:36 PM

Our vine flowered heavily in the spring and then off and on till after September. The azaleas last a month or so...

BodieMor wrote on April 18, 2015, 7:38 PM

Thank you so much for the link! We had planned to cut it back and also have a "plant doctor" coming to check it out. I would be ecstatic if it revived!

bestwriter wrote on April 18, 2015, 8:07 PM

Oh! good to see you back.
I spend hours just looking at those pictures which I manage to get after I have searched for them on the Net. Wisteria is incomparable. And to think that you have lost that vintage beauty is unbearable.
Each time something dies in my garden I feel the same. I have written an obituary on our cashew tree which gave us so much happiness.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 18, 2015, 8:09 PM

That was beautiful. Maybe you could replant. You would know it is not the same one but would still be pretty

seren3 wrote on April 18, 2015, 8:34 PM

Aw! I hope that plant doctor gets over there soon!

CalmGemini wrote on April 19, 2015, 1:39 AM

If only it could be revived . I am sure you are hoping against hope that the wisteria plant could be revived.Beautiful flowers.

BodieMor wrote on April 19, 2015, 4:15 PM

Hi there! I've missed you! I will get back here later this week to peruse what I've missed of your posts. I appreciate that you get how I feel about it. I've had some "Oh c'mon, it's only a plant" responses, lol. We have other wisteria, but it is newish and sprawling, not yet having achieved the great dignity and aplomb - not to mention thick, winding canes which are an aesthetic delight in themselves!

BodieMor wrote on April 19, 2015, 4:17 PM

I'm going to take the advice about cutting everything back to the canes. And pray! We have other wisteria but this one has been established for decades and was worthy of a spot in Monet's Giverny garden!

BodieMor wrote on April 19, 2015, 4:19 PM

Yeah, me too! Is there some kind of wisteria plague now like the one that's knocked out everybody's oleander in the last decade. People keep replanting, but I won't since it's poisonous for pets. And you know Obi! I miss the colors, though!

BodieMor wrote on April 19, 2015, 4:22 PM

Hoping and praying! And after we cut away all the dead growth, we shall see!

bestwriter wrote on April 19, 2015, 7:19 PM

After reading your post I have written a post on the cashew tree that I lost.

Ruby3881 wrote on May 26, 2015, 7:23 PM

What a gorgeous tree! I can see why you're so sad to lose it!

BodieMor wrote on May 28, 2015, 1:54 AM

I've since planted more but it will take at least a decade for the canes to develop so beautifully.