Thursday, July 21, 2011

Re-blooming Wisteria!

July 19, 2011
Something truly spectacular is taking place in our garden.

We have never seen wisteria bloom again once it has finished flowering for the season but that is precisely what is happening.

Our wonderful American wisteria, "Amethyst Falls", is covered with a second flush of blossoms.

June 6, 2011
The vine put on a fragrant and showy display for several weeks beginning at the end of May and finishing by the middle of last month. After the blossoms faded, we gave it the usual spring pruning, a very light feeding, and we weeded and cleaned out the leaves and twigs that had collected around the main stems. We finished by shaping it a bit and supported the longest branches on the fence.

While taking pictures of Steve's yellow flower bed "Siberia" last week, I leaned over to be able to get a better photograph of some golden yellow coreopsis and there sat a plump blossom in full bloom.


On closer inspection, we found buds covering all of the new growth. The flower clusters are much smaller than the spring bloom a month ago - shorter and smaller by more than half in some cases. But we're delighted with this unexpected encore.

 
 
 
 
In this picture, taken this week, the American wisteria (directly behind the Buddha's head) covers the fence with thick, lush growth
This photograph, taken June 6, 2011, gives a hint of the growth that has taken place over the past six weeks.

13 comments:

  1. enjoyed your post because my wisteria is blooming a second time also!

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  2. What a great surprise and joy to have a second flush of wisteria blooms. Enjoy!

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  3. I've never known wisteria to bloom twice in a year. That's amazing! It has grown quite a bit, since june. Wow! You have a beautiful yard full of plants and flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. How wonderful! I hope it continues to rebloom :). Judging by your pictures, the rebloom was quite good...

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  5. Oh happy days!! A second bloom, what a thrill. I have an American Wisteria (as opposed to the Japanese or Chinese varieties) that will sometimes do a re-bloom. Not consistently, just sporadically which ever year it feels. But gosh its really something, what a wonderful surprise...enjoy!!

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  6. I never saw a rebloom either, but weather has a lot to do with rebloom on many plants. Maybe conditions suited it.

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  7. Whenever i see the word 'wisteria' i always feel hopeful to see it again. I first saw it as a big old specimen in Sweden, climbing the whole side of a bldg, and was smitten since then. I saw it again in Turkey at a young stage and also very beautiful. However, here in the country i heard it is invasive, so even if i once saw it in a nursery i hesitated to buy it. Besides a wide area is needed to let it grow in full splendor.

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  8. I guess the pruning encourage them to bloom again just like my mulberry bushes, nothing like some stress and pressure at the same time, a tender loving care to give it second phase of life! I love blooming wisteria although we dont have it here...

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  9. Your second blooms are beautiful, how wonderful to have all that blossom again. At the moment I have my Mahonia and one of my Hellebores flowering away, must be to do with the weather.

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  10. I'm so jealous of your wisteria! I've thought about getting it, but thought it would be too many years before it would bloom. So pretty! I know you thought my Michigan beach picture looked like the Pacific coast, and most "out-staters" say the same thing. The Great Lakes are HUGE, and like mini oceans. The whole coast of Michigan is one big beach complete with sand dunes. It's awesome!

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  11. Wisteria is such a treasured plant here. In our climate they will only flower when given a very special sheltered and south facing position. As for a second flush, no chance.

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  12. What a delightful surprise! It is so beautiful...and to have those blooms again...wonderful!

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  13. Interesting ... I wonder why this year is different to every other year????

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