Shovel Ready Plants and Wisteria


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 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.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Anna – fun post with a good point!
    Shovel ready in my garden is a joke. I always have plants in containers, growing on until we get around to digging up some more lawn and turning it into another bed.
    Parts of the vegetable garden are ready in that they are cleared ground, but the ongoing drought means I’d have to soak the ground the night before just to get the garden fork into it, and add more compost before planting because organic matter burns up fast down here.

    Wisteria is so beautiful in bloom but I’ve chickened out on planting one in the ground. Keeping a wisteria captive in a big container might be an option.
    Thanks for the link!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose
    Well Hi Ms Annie and same here with my garden. I have good intentions of working in a lot of leaf mulch and steamy manure but it’s getting no where fast. I preach on good soil so my reputation is riding on spreading manure. I hope I can live up to it.

    So you didn’t get a wisteria and me either. I’m too chicken too. After seeing my former deck on the moon, no way I want to repeat that at the new house.


  2. Hi Anna, I love wisteria. Your photos are ‘smashing’! Really, they are so lovely I wish I could touch & smell them right now:) I have no place to grow them here, but always enjoy seeing a beautiful wisteria plant, especially when it has grown full and thick and tall and wide!

    PS Every time I visit you I think your blog has changed:) It always looks so different I’m not sure ‘where I am’ for a little while;) You are always on a ‘creative journey’…It is quite inspiring to me;)
    You lift my spirits when you come by and say the nicest things about my blog. I am pleased that we inspire each other. To hear you talk about your birds and passion for them is uplifting and down right fun. I do change my blog a lot. I change my furniture around a lot too. MrD says he turns on every light in the house when he wakes up in fear he’ll trip over something that wasn’t there 5 mintues ago. Now I don’t buy a lot of stuff but just use what I have throughout the house.


  3. Phillip (UK) says:

    I love Wisteria Anna and they are common growing up old cottages here. In Devon there is a Wisteria nursery with all sorts of colour forms I hadn’t seen before. This is a link that you might enjoy:
    which includes the curious (certainly unexplained) different twist of the Japanese and Chinese species. I love these pictures.
    Thank you and I’ll check the link out today. I had heard there was a dwarf variety that might not be so invasive and maybe that is one of them in my first photo. It’s been two years since I worked at that nursery and my brain has forgotten the name. I do remember that it wasn’t so heavy or invasive. I bet the wisteria looks grand growing up the walls of the cottages. It reminds me of the painter of light Thomas Kinkade. Right now he is doing a Pinnochio painting that is precious. But he has done many a stone cottage with glowing lights and beautiful flowers.


  4. Catherine says:

    I love wisteria, but it gets huge here. Their flowers are just so beautiful it’s no wonder they are so popular!
    It is magical when it blooms on the tops of the trees. I’ve heard it hurts the trees but I haven’t noticed it damaging anything but my deck.


  5. Wisteria is lovely here, because it seldom goes as apeshit crazy as it does in warmer climates; it’s just marginal enough that some years some gardeners have it die quite a bit. Mine is very small yet, a gift from a friend who cloned it from our 93 year old plantsman’s wisteria on the south shore of the province. I don’t expect flowers for years yet, but I love the plant.
    I laughed my fool head off at your reply. Have you had a glass of wine? I need one. I’m over at blotanical trying to pick, respond, be patient, wait, pick, and I’m not so patient. I was one of those who liked to have a few windows open and wait for the pages to load. Now I’m covering half the territory.

    If I stay up for the next 4 days I’ll get through my fav list. I bet you are multicomputering. Now that would be nice. Have a couple of computers and go from one to the next as pages load. That would make Stuart happier. He says he’s going to scold us if we continue to open multi windows. So I stopped. I’m being good—but slow.


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