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...
(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