Monday, April 7, 2014

A Beautiful Mess (AKA Wisteria)'s finally here....Wisteria season.  It's such a shame that it doesn't bloom longer because it's just so pretty!  Now, I'm not normally a "plant" person....I truly believe that I could kill a plastic plant. It's unfortunate that I'm not better with plants, because I really like flowers.  Someday I'd like to grow roses.  However, if it involves dirt, planting, watering, or weeding I don't think I'd be good at it.

So wisteria seems like the perfect solution.  It's purple, which is good.  It's basically a weed that can't be controlled, so there's that.  It grows everywhere. Even better.  BUT- my husband doesn't like it.  We had some in our backyard last year and he did everything he could to kill it.  I don't think he sees the beauty in it--he just doesn't like the fact that the roots take over everything and choke out the plants it attaches too.  (I can see his point, but since I'm not a big "plant" person, this doesn't bother me.)  I say, let the beautiful killer plant loose.  It's gorgeous.  So, long story short- I no longer have wisteria in my yard.

Fortunately for me, it grows everywhere.  My favorite spots of wisteria is where it grows close to some other purple blooming plant I can't identify.  My mom can probably tell what it is.  She's good with plants.  I love wisteria.  The other blooming plant I like is the purple crepe myrtle.  There's a section of North Jackson Street that is lined on both sides with deep purple crepe myrtle.  I like driving that strip in summer when it blooms.  I'm trying to grow that in my yard but our horses have continued to use it as a chew toy and scratching post since we planted it.  It looks like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  So sad.

So for now, I'll appreciate the wisteria from afar.  I'll watch it overtake other people's gardens and wish I had some of my own.  Spring is here.  Soak it up people!

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