My Granny Sorrells had wisteria at her farmhouse. This is the same Granny I received daffodils and a plain white iris from. I probably also received my love of flowers from her. These photos are not from my yard. Wish this first one was my yard. When we bought our property in October 2004 the 2 acres had been part of a pasture field. It will take several more years before we have anything remotely close to this. At our previous yard we had a purple wisteria and a white wisteria planted about 50 feet from each other. The above wisteria is smaller than either one of ours. When we bought at our current location Jimmy built an arbor for us to plant our wisteria startings at. The next spring we took shoots from both the white and purple, with plans of the white and purple to be mingled together this time. They have struggled, and we thought we had lost them totally. But last year they began to grow some. This spring we finally have blooms, they are ALL white. Which is ok with me, because I wasn't going to be able to get a start of the white again. The purple I can get a new start from my mother.
Wisteria would overwhelm the lilac it is so strong smelling.
Now to the story of how I got my start of the white wisteria. We bought property in Knoxville that we ended out building a home on in 2000. In 1999 my office moved and I traveled a different road going to and from work. I saw this beautiful white wisteria up high in the trees on the side of a very wooded area of the highway. Jimmy and I decided to get us start of it. I babied that start until it had to be put in the ground due to it's size. We transplanted it and it lived. I begun to feel guilty about taking the start until one day I went by that same location and the county road crew and wiped out the whole bunch of it, plus another 20 ft beyond it. That spot is still cleared, so the white wisteria never came back in that location. I am so happy that I got a start from my old house and it is going to make it now. Someday I will have an arbor covered in this white wisteria and if we are all still blogging I will show it to you.
By the way, I printed the first photo just to see what it would look like for a card. Ended out putting it in one of the Mother's Day Cards in my greeting cards. I still was not sure what I thought of it, but got a very good response about it when I showed it.