It’s alive! My wisteria finally leafs out–plus a weird survivor of winter

wisteria leafs out

No flowers, but we’ve got leaves! It’s almost the middle of June, when the wisteria is usually in full bloom, but the new leaves are proof our wisteria is  at least alive.

I’d about given up on the wisteria growing at the side of our house. My husband kept telling me it was showing green under the bark, as I wrote on this blog a couple of months ago, but it wasn’t looking good to me. The branches looked dry, dull and brown. Then, on the morning of May 29, about the time the wisteria would be about to break into  full, glorious bloom, I looked out the bedroom window where I could see the vine tumbling over the trellis, and there were a few green buds. Above is proof of its survival. Of course it won’t bloom this year, although you never know. I’m hoping it  will  push out a few blooms toward the end of summer. I’ll keep you posted. My beautiful ‘Graham Thomas’  Austin rose might be alive too. It reached ten feet last year and its yellow blooms were the highlight of the garden, but this spring it was a dry stick. I left it till mid-May, hoping it would resuscitate, but it stayed dead. Sadly, I cut down the branches I could reach and left the taller ones to Chris … “But there’s green comng up at the bottom,” he said when he finally got around to it. Austin rose still alive? He’s right, but I wonder if  it’s a true ‘Graham Thomas’. The shoots look like they might be growing  up from below the bud graft, which means it could turn out to be a wild pink rose.   I’m assuming my Austin is grafted…but to be honest I don’t  know. I’m going to give the plants time to grow and, I hope, bloom and I’ll find out. Again, I’ll keep you posted. The new ‘Full Moon’ Japanese I planted last year almost bit the dust, too. It was late leafing out, but finally it did–part of it, away. It may end up a  little lopsided, but that might add to its charm. I’m leaving it alone for now, because given the performance of many late-to-awaken plants this spring, the rest of it might eventually come to life too. Full Moon maple But here’s my  favourite survivor of winter. What exotic plant is this? back from the dead My friend Arlene and I think it’s a honeysuckle–perhaps a mutation?  She bought it at a garden centre last fall to put in a container on her front doorstep. It was a bare branch back then, apparently dead but  gussied up with white paint and a dusting of glitter. When she pulled it out this spring, it had roots, so she stuck it in a pail beside her garden shed. In a few weeks not only had it sprouted leaves, it flowered.

“It’s come back from  the dead,” Arlene says.

4 thoughts on “It’s alive! My wisteria finally leafs out–plus a weird survivor of winter

  1. I’m glad you have life returning to your wisteria! Our saucer magnolia of 60+ yrs was heavily ice-covered and gave only a few blooms, late in the season. We are now just getting some leaf production and are hopeful it will fully recover. When you love your plants, its hard to see natures harsher side.

    • You’re so right, Anne. But it does my heart good to see how resilient plants are–let them alone and most of them will fight back to health. Humans are the same, but sometimes we need a little more help.
      Liz

  2. An old wisteria that found its way to our cedar hedge and beautifully threaded itself through the foliage over the years has behaved exactly as you describe this year. If it wasn’t the Christmas ice storm (we’re in Downeast Maine), the late frost on May 29 must have finished off the flower buds. The vines took forever to leaf out, but I too noticed that there was green wood under the bark so I remained optimistic. Now there is plenty of foliage but only one sorry bloom on our whole hedge.

    • All the wisteria in the east must have got together and decided on a plan of action. I’m really glad I was patient and left ours alone,instead of assuming it was dead and pruning half of it away.
      But lucky you–you have a bloom! And here’s another happy bit: my Austin rose, the Graham Thomas that suddenly started to leaf out form the base–has a smattering of bloom. They look like the genuine article, so I’m pretty confident it’s not a sucker coming up from below the graft. I’ll post a pic.
      Liz

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