For sixteen years the wisteria on my verandah has done a great job as a living shade cloth — but it has never flowered. It was given to me in a pot, grown from a cutting of a white wisteria, so the giver assured me. I didn’t mind that it didn’t flower, given how lovely were the shape and shade of the leaves.
I bought a normal mauve flowering wisteria and planted it by the laundry.
So when the first leaf bud opened this Spring I rushed to take a photo — and then was stopped short by the odd bump to the right. A bud, a flower bud!! After thinking about it for sixteen years.
In a few days there were more, and as they opened I could see that the flowers were not white, but pale lilac. Very pretty, subtler than its more uniform mauve cousin. They both have a lick of yellow at their throats.
The other pea-shaped flower in those shades in the garden is the Roi de Carouby snow pea’s magenta and pink, now reaching above the netting and bearing many peas daily.