Thursday, March 26, 2020


I had to take two pictures for the paper today. I took both from a distance. When I returned to the truck, I bathed in hand sanitizer. I hope my camera is not allergic.

On the way home, I noticed that the wisteria was in bloom. Wisteria is one of the most beautiful plants in the south. The blooms are violet and hang down like bunches of grapes. The aroma smells like the grape bubblegum that I loved as a child.

Pulling to the edge of the road, I snapped a few pictures. The light was wonky so I wasn't sure how the photographs would look. But it turns out, they looked OK.

I tried to grow wisteria once. I planted a twig by the side of our house. It spread faster than COVID-19.  Soon we had a canopy of wisteria vines, but not flowers.

After a few years, it decided to grace us with blooms. By then, I'd made up my mind that I needed to admire this beauty from afar.

The plant is beautiful and smells like my childhood, but I cut it ALL down and dug up the roots.


  1. Pretty but apparently best if admired from someone else's yard.

  2. Great lighting for the wisteria Rick.

  3. I love it, and you did very well indeed if you managed to discourage it from returning. I have seen wisteria shoots break through concrete.

  4. Sherry and I ALWAYS remember Father Tim's girl friend in some series by Jan Karone. She was always growing Wisteria. We actually have some I had never noticed until yesterday. And it is vines I had planned to destroy, but now Sherry says NO!
    Happy Birthday USN,
    Sherry & jack

  5. So pretty but not in your yard

  6. We have a house I psss on my way into town that always has wisteria blooming on their porch here in the summertime. It's beautiful and I like to see it come back every year.


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