My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile

Friday

Wisteria - I'm thinking...Italy

This post, 'Wisteria sinensis - I'm thinking... Italy'' was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden http://waxholm.blogspot.com/
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The Wisteria sinensis is in full bloom in my garden now and every time I see it or smell it's most wonderful scent I think of the gorgeous Amalfi coast and Positano in particular.
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...Aaah!
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It really thrives in my poor soil next to the drainpipe at my garage, the spot is very sunny and it is welldrained. The only thing I give it is some (chicken) manure in early spring.




Back to Italy again...

As I said, I'm thinking of Italy..."Enchanted April", do you remember that lovely movie from 1992 starring Miranda Richardsson and Josie Lawrence?

"This slow-paced gem is about the civilizing influence of Italy on beleaguered Londoners both male and female and has it's own civilizing influence on the viewer. It's almost like taking a little mini-trip to Italy, a gorgeously filmed enchantment." it is really wonderful.





Wisteria sinensis (my photo albums)



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Caution the Wisteria is toxic! see below *
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"Wisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria) is a woody, deciduous, perennial climbing vine in the genus Wisteria, native to China in the provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, and Yunnan. While this plant is a climbing vine, it can be trained into a tree-like shape, usually with a wavy trunk and a flattened top.

It can grow 20-30 m long over supporting
trees by counter-clockwise-twining stems. The leaves are shiny, green, pinnately compound, 10-30 cm in length, with 9-13 oblong leaflets that are each 2-6 cm long. The flowers are white, violet, or blue, produced on 15-20 cm racemes in spring, usually reaching their peak in mid-May. The flowers on each raceme open simultaneously before the foliage has expanded, and have a distinctive fragrance similar to that of grapes. Though it has shorter racemes than Wisteria floribunda (Japanese Wisteria), it often has a higher quantity of racemes. The fruit is a flattened, brown, velvety, bean-like pod 5-10 cm long with thick disk-like seeds around 1 cm in diameter spaced evenly inside; they mature in summer and crack and twist open to release the seeds; the empty pods often persist until winter. However seed production is often low, and most regenerative growth occurs through layering and suckering. One very interesting fact about this plant is that it is actually a member of the pea family, and the abovementioned seedpods are actually legumes.

It is
hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9, and prefers moist soils. It is considered shade tolerant, but will flower only when exposed to partial or full sun. It will also flower only after passing from juvenile to adult stage, a transition that may take many years. It can live for over 100 years.

*All parts of the plant contain a
glycoside called wisterin which is toxic if ingested and may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Wisterias have caused poisoning in children of many countries, producing mild to severe gastroenteritis.

It was introduced from China to
Europe and North America in 1816 and has secured a place as one of the most popular flowering vines for home gardens due to its flowering habit. It has however become an invasive species in some areas of the eastern United States where the climate closely matches that of China" Text from Wikipedia
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This is my contribrutions to the Blooming Friday Flower Power Parade, meet more participants here at Katarina. Roses and Stuff.
Happy gardening/ LOLove
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TYRA

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25 comments:

Maria said...

Vad man lär sig mycket ute på bloggarna. När jag först läste wisteria associerade jag till en växt som används inom akvarievärlden (vattenwisteria=Hygrophila difformis). Men det finns ju inget släktskap alls mellan den och ditt vackra blåregn.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hej Maria och välkommen, jag håller med dej om att det är så kul att man lär sig nytt. Jag hade ingen aning om vattenwiateria :-)

Carol said...

Enchanted April is one of my all time favorite movies! I watch it at least once a year... so dear and truly enchanting. Italy! That wonderful garden... loved the gardener too. It is heart warming to watch the transformation that a connection to nature brings about. A must see.

Gail said...

It was a lovely movie and the gardens were delightful...here in nashville wisteria is a noxious weed unless carefully maintained...but it smells delicious and is so pretty! gail

Kathleen said...

I think it's gorgeous Tyra. I've shied away from planting it in my garden tho because I've heard you need a really strong support for it to climb (I don't have that right now). I don't worry about it being invasive because our cold winters usually take care of that problem. I haven't seen the movie ~ maybe one to add to my list? Maybe I'll make it to Italy someday and see wisteria there. Sounds delightful.

Lillebeth said...

Den filmen måste jag ju bara se. Blåregnet är, också för mig, Italia absoluta. Jag önskar jag kunde ha ett i min trädgård.
Mitt namn? Engelskt smeknamn för Elisabeth. Det är drottningen (av England alltså) och jag, då.

Maria Berg said...

Jag förlovande mig under ett jätte stort blåregn i Geneve för 10 år sedan och nu för två år sedan planterade jag en i den nya stora trädgården vi flyttade till med båda vintaran har den frusit ner så den är bar 20 cm hög.

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Arboarkticum said...

Tips till alla som bor i köldhål liknande Arboarkticum (zon 4): Det finns en ny wisteria på marknaden i år - Blue Moon. Sägs klara temperaturer på nedåt minus 40. Det låter för bra för att vara sant, men vi har ett nyplanterat exemplar...

Hanneles paradis said...

Jag har försökt två gånger med blåregn,
ska nog försöka en gång till..

Camellia said...

Visst är de magnifika, och inget foto gör dem rättvisa – försökte plåta flera nu under våren, men inget kommer ens i närheten av att stå under en pergola klädd i blåregn...

Anette said...

Hej Tyra!
Blåregn är så vackra! Tyvärr kan jag inte ha någon hos mig. Men jag njöt när jag var på Botaniska i Göteborg förra veckan. Ett blåregn som slingrade mot en tegelvägg med sånt där härligt rödbrunt tegel.........tjusigt! Trevlig helg! /Anette

sweet bay said...

No wonder you think of Italy -- the photos even look very Mediterranean. Lovely!

Roses and stuff said...

Tack för det filmtipset - verkar vara en mysfilm i min smak... Blommande blåregn får hjärtat att klappa lite fortare!
Njut av helgen!
Katarina

Glädjekällan said...

Blåregn har vi sedan snart 30 år, men filmen har jag inte sett. Tack för tipset och trevlig helg!
Birgitta

OF SPRING AND SUMMER said...

Blåregn är en gammal favorit - men Enchanted April är en film som jag inte sett. Ha en trevlig helg. Ingrid

Maria said...

Du är ju känd vida så nu måste jaq kommentera igen, hur styr man sina besökare om man har flera bloggar? Går det?

HelenJ said...

Mitt blåregn klarade inte vintern - jag bara måste skaffa ett nytt igen. Jag trodde det stod på en bra plats, med både sol och lä, men kanske får jag tänka om. För ett blåregn, det måste jag ha!

Michelle said...

I remember the wisteria at my last house. It got nothing from me except a LOT of trimming. It would have taken over the house, maybe.

perennialgardener said...

The blooms make me think of old southern plantations, the flowers are gorgeous. :)

Vero said...

Good to have you back Mousch.

Tänk att jag missade wisteria. Blommar den fortfarande?

Wisteria är definitivt Italien för mig. Jag brukade gå förbi en trädgård med wisteria som doftade gudomligt!

Måste nog se o den där filmen. Har sett den ett par gånger men det var länge sedan.

Kraaaaaaaam

Kanak Hagjer said...

Beautiful blooms, Tyra. How lovely your garden must be now. Can't imagine wisteria to be a noxious weed in certain areas. Love the way they dangle!

Naturegirl said...

Tyra: I have not seen that movie but Italy in April sounds wonderful!
I was there last August..that was
wonderful!
It is always a joy to stop by and visit your dreamy gardens and your
peaceful greenhouse!
Thank you for dropping by my blog to keep in touch! hugs and have a beautiful day your gardens..hugs aNNa

andré said...

Så tjusigt! Jag har en liten planta som jag hoppas ska börja blomma om något år... fast jag har nog planterat den på ett lite väl blåsigt ställe. :-( Krya på dig!

Jan said...

Wisteria is one of my favorite vines, too. It reminds me of my childhood because everyone in my parents' neighborhood had one. They make any setting romantic.

Jan
Always Growing

Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura said...

Hi,
Your wisteria has nothing to envy about those on the Amalfi Coast. It's just as pretty!
I'm going to look out for that film- it sounds good...