Day 121: scent of wisteria

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


It was years before I realised the flowers of wisteria were highly scented. I’m sure I thought the plant already gave enough – twining, sculptural stems, fabulous flowers to grace any edifice, and a lust for life second to none. That it should add the sweet perfume that I eventually traced back to its blooms... it seemed an excess of generosity. I don’t particularly relish gardening from a ladder, but for this plant, I’ll put myself out a bit, wrestle with its questing Mr Tickle stems in September, scale the heights again in February to cut it back again and concentrate its energies on the flowering buds. It would be churlish to refuse, given all it does for us.

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, writer, photographer, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking this image.