Below you can see a video of the world’s largest wisteria that is soon to be 115 years old. Above is a wisteria from my photo album for The Briar Patch Garden Center in Winston Salem, NC
There are many projects being considered right now for the stimulus package. One of the buzz words associated with that package is “Shovel Ready”. The first time I heard it ….well…..I assumed a prepared garden. A garden with lots of good leaf mulch and prepared to receive plants. Isn’t that what you think when someone says it is shovel ready?
If it’s in association with the new government stimulus package, it means ready for construction. A planned road that is shovel ready means that most of the preliminary stages have already been accomplished. We have more “Shovel Ready” projects in America than we have dollars to make them happen. That will be a huge battle at the national and state levels. Prioritizing will be a nightmare.
How many of your projects are shovel ready? If you purchased your Spring plants today, could you put them in the ground without any prep work? I’m not ready. I’ve been trying to get ready but there is so much to do. I have a ton of leaf mulch still to be worked in the soil.
I had this wisteria once. Once is all it takes to cure you of it. I had it growing on my back deck of our former home. It grew rapidly. It grew while you were watching. It pulled the deck away from the house and last I saw…there was my deck on the moon. If you get out your binoculars when the moon is in the right mood, you’ll see my back deck. You’ll know it’s mine cause the pruners are still attached to one of the vines.
The wisteria will be blooming soon. Some varieties take up to seven years to bloom the first time.
World’s Largest Wisteria Plant – Also world’s largest blooming plant – 2008 Wisteria Festival in Sierra Madre, California
Wisteria will grow in zones 5-8 and there are many varieties. The picture below is Chinese wisteria. Clicking on the picture below will take you to the Oregon State edu site which is the source for this lovely specimen photo.
Great information on Wisteria at About.com Landscaping
Annie at The Transplantable Rose has a great article on Wisteria. It’s from a couple of years ago but I like her pictures and she comments that she’ll think twice about getting one. I wonder if Annie ever did purchase one. I’ll have to go ask her.
See Amethyst Falls wisteria for 2009 HERE that I posted a few days ago.