Sunday, 18 April 2021

A Wisteria Arch



Yesterday the weather was superb, very much like the skies and temperature over Windsor.
After the funeral the dogs and I pottered around the garden. 
Dorothy shadowed my every move with sad eyes. Mary just laid by the gate , hopeful that someone would say hello to her and Albert sat under the honeysuckle and pretended to be asleep.
The ponies saw me in the garden and ambled up to watch us.
I love having them in my field,
Their presence makes the field come alive again, like it used to be. 
My sister has transformed the garden , the bluebells and pockets of aquilegia, iris and euphorbia are all springing up as is the hydrangea in the old french cooking pot I placed in the gap by the holly bush .
This year I thing I will plant a wisteria and will trail it over an arch by the front gate. 
It may bloom before I die....



I’m working in the community today, 
Nice weather for it!
My tiny hamster ears do not cope well with face masks 

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  1. "It may bloom before I die". Blimey John, they can flower in as little as 3 - 4 years. Is there something you haven't told us? (granted they can take much longer). Wisteria is lovely but might not take to kindly to a winter wind whipping across from the Carneddau - they're not too keen on cold winds. Passion flowers?

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  2. Your cottage is a perfect backdrop for a wisteria. I watch when the wisteria comes out around here and it usually around about May 9th. Odd thing to do but it is a bit like waiting for the swallows to arrive. It tells me Summer is on its way. Good luck with it. I don't have any wisteria myself.

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    1. The front is south facing so it should do well

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  3. What a blissful day.

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    1. Yes it was, today I’m just fucking knackered x

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  4. What a lovely cottage garden you have, John. If your garden gate is in full sun, plant your wisteria. It will look lovely and greet visitors with beauty and scent. xx

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    1. If the elastic bothers your ears, I'll happily crochet you an ear saver. You only need to ask. xx

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    2. If I send it to John Grey, Trelawnyd, will it find you? xx

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    3. Sorry that should be Gray. Slapped wrists here! xx

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  5. Our Wisteria took a while to bloom but when it did.....it was worth the wait. And since your weather appears to be a lot milder than ours/thank you Gulf Stream, I am sure we will all be seeing Wisteria before we know.

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  6. Everything's looking lovely!

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  7. Wisteria grow fast. You will see it blooming.

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    1. Grows fast but it takes long to bloom

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  8. I love wisteria alba.....pure white to represent my virginity 😁

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  9. Your gardens are very nicely edged! I love wisteria, but I'm not sure if it would do well here. -Jenn

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  10. We had a wisteria once ..... it took 15 years to flower and, when it did, the leaves became first ( which is not meant to happen ) , so you couldn’t see the flowers !!!! There was something wrong with it so we dug it up ! You will probably have better luck. XXXX

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  11. dorothy supervises. a lovely day to be outside in the fresh air; relaxing to the soul.

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  12. You may wait a while for your wisteria, but equally, you can be lucky. I bought one from Aldi (!) 3 years ago, planted it in a very large pot, and it has flowered every summer...to the disgust of my neighbours who waited 12 years for theirs!

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  13. Legacy is doing things for the next generation and beyond. Touch the future.

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    1. David nicely put, my gift to bwthyn y loans next mistress

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  14. How old are those walls around your garden and around the fields? I wonder who had the job of gathering all of those rocks and piecing them together like a jigsaw puzzle. Lovely and amazing to me!

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    1. The cottage was originally built 1765

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  15. it's more likely that the wisteria will be the death of you. once you get those vines going, they are hard to control. i've dug up all but one and this year might be the year it meets it's maker. they will choke out and rip apart everything they can wrap their tendrils around. when you try to dig them up, it invigorates them and they come back hardier. they are hard to kill. 'little shop of horrors' plant!

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    2. Perhaps climbing roses would be another option. Very Beatrix Pottery.

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    3. I already have a climbing rose and honeysuckle around the front door

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  16. Barbara Anne4:26 pm

    Your garden is lovely and it's good to have companions with you as you tend it or sit to enjoy its beauty. Applause for Janet!
    Be careful with wisteria as it will climb everything it can reach. Our area has very tall trees and there is wisteria in the tops of some of them.
    I hope your patients can enjoy the pretty day, too.

    Hugs!

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  17. Let us hope that after all this mask wearing your ears don't stay in that position. Mind you, it was good that you were wearing a mask in the photo cos who wants to see your hamster gnashers?

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    1. I’d look like a bush baby if they did

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  18. I had a lovely wisteria and it grew big and strong up my gazebo but suddenly it was no more-would love a magnolia but I think I may not see that-I have a nice twisty corkscrew hazel and Rowan to keep the witches away x

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  19. Your garden looks a treat John. I have aquelegis in profusion coming up all over - they certainly seed freely and I can't bear to thin them out I love them so.

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  20. Your garden description is delightful. I hope you will share photos as it comes into bloom.

    There is a gadget, a strap for masks that goes behind your head, so your ears are not used. Look on Amazon.

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  21. You have my sympathies over those surgical masks John - like you I have small ears and the dang things don't stay on! I bought a pack of medical grade masks (washable for a few times) which have served me well, but annoyingly when I felt safe and protected wearing one for my jabs at the Vaccination Hub in Builth, they made me take it off and replace it with a surgical mask which hung off my face. Ah well, their rules so I must abide.

    I hope you can find a Wisteria which has lofty ambitions and it settles in well.

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  22. The garden looks lovely John. I think a Wisteria by the gate will be perfect. Will you go for a purple or white one?

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  23. Buy a wisteria already in bloom John and that way you know it will flower! :)

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    1. They don’t like being moved simonecwhen in flower

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    2. Buy it in a pot and leave it in the pot! :)

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  24. I have a huge weakness for Wisteria. My father had an absolute beauty. After both my parents died and the house was sold the new owner ripped it out and cemented over the area where it grew. Driving past the next spring I noticed (with glee) that the wisteria was coming back and had cracked his concrete.

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    1. I’ve always wanted one, and never got around to it, this year I will

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  25. The skin behind my ears hurt. Between the mask, prescription glasses and the safety glasses I'm required to wear, the skin is red, dented and just miserable.

    Mask stretcher thingies only work so much

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  26. I helped my grandfather plant pecan trees when I was a teenager. He told me then that he would never eat the pecans from the trees we were planting, but I could enjoy them for him. He died a few years later. After I graduated from college I harvested the first pecans from those trees for my grandmother. I made cookies and candies from the portion that I received from them and passed them out at work.

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  27. Who is that masked man? :)

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  28. We bought a wisteria for my mom, it has blooms on it in the pot about 3 ft tall and a dozen blooms already. You will , yes you will see them.

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  29. Beautiful just wonderful.

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  30. We planted wisteria in San Diego, which has an exceptionally long growing season. Ours flowered the first year. I'll keep a good thought for yours. I love wisteria.

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  31. Your garden looks manicured and lovely. You and Janet have created a beautiful space. A wisteria at the entry gate should be lovely.

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  32. I had a wisteria that hadn’t bloomed. An older gardener told me to give it a pancake. I did. It bloomed!

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  33. John, your yards are just beautiful.
    Have you considered a mask with elastic around your head?

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    1. Siebrie10:08 am

      Or a connecting piece, to keep the elastics behind your head: https://www.pascogifts.com/nl/hoofdband-comfortabel-dragen-mondkapjes (it's in Dutch, but I'm convinced you can find similar in English)

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  34. most everybody's ears look like that; I think they look rather sweet.

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  35. You do have tiny hamster ears. They're charming.

    Love,
    Janie

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  36. I just told SWMBO the sad news from you and your first commenter on the Wisteria. She planted one last year and was disappointed to get only some foliage with no blossoms. It's come back this year but now, after I told her of what the commenter said, she's saying "Oh, no. Oh, no."

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  37. John, would you be allowed to wear two layers of masks? A comfortable one that did up behind your head, and underneath a regular one that you changed with every visit? Might that be more comfortable fit for you? I made some with 'elastics' of tee-shirt material, and they were way more comfortable than the narrow, hard elastics on the cheap ones. I'll make you a couple if they would be acceptable to the Hospice?

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  38. My wisteria belonged to a very dear friend. When she died, 20 years ago, her son said I could take something to remind me of her. The plant was small and in a pot - she never got around to planting it. We built an arbor to hold it in the back garden and although it didn't bloom for years, now and then it surprised us with a few purple clusters and I felt like Julie was saying "hello". This year no blooms yet but many leaves, plus it has climbed into a nearby tree which does seem to be a message!
    Good luck if you plant one John.

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  39. Well we planted ours one year and it romped away, and then flowered the next, so unless there's something you're not telling us ... you're in with a chance ;-)

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