So the azalea, rhododendron, and hostas all survived the Freeze warnings we have had for the past couple of weeks. I walked out on the deck yesterday, and to my horror, the wisteria that I’ve been waiting for 10 years to bloom got bit by the frost. I cannot believe I did not think to cover this vine; it has been trained up the railing of my deck and was going to look spectacular this spring.
I have had this wisteria for a good 10 years, and for the first 8 I could not figure out why it wouldn’t bloom. I knew it would take a few years, as I bought it as a very young plant. I patiently trained it up the two story flight of stairs to the deck. I googled it, only to discover that you need to prune it to encourage blooms.
So two falls ago, I pruned it for the first time. Last summer, we had about 4 sprays of blooms, and I was so very excited! This past fall I pruned it very aggressively, and with our early spring, it was holding hundreds of possible blooms.
I took Son#2 out to show him the blooms, and to plead with him not to pick them off. They were the sort of tempting vegetation he loves to destroy, and I wanted to make sure he knew that it wasn’t to be messed with. He understood.
But I forgot my dear wisteria. As I went out to the deck yesterday, I discovered the hundreds of blooms are dead. The hostas in the backyard are protected and I never even stepped into the back to cover things. They were going to survive. But my wisteria won’t be blooming again this year. I must be patient and wait yet another year.