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This thread is in reply to a blog post by Sharon entitled "A Wisteria Story".
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vic
Mar 22, 2012 1:31 AM CST
And I love both colors Thumbs up

It's amazing how you've helped your wisteria grow their trunks. COOL!

Is yours fragrant?

I hope the rooted cuttings you sent home with the growling man did well. It may have put a smile on his face and made him a happy person Green Grin!
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Sharon
Mar 22, 2012 8:42 AM CST
It does smell heavenly, Vic!
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nap
Mar 22, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Only you, Sharon, could turn a vine into a tree.

So this year your "trees" are about 30 years old? They are just so beautiful. You have shared photos of them with me before, but I didn't know the story behind them.

I thank you for sharing it now.
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Sharon
Mar 22, 2012 9:06 AM CST
Good Morning, Nap!

I tried last night to remember when I started them and even though I remember our jaunt through the back roads and even remember visiting an old cemetery or two that day, I can't remember the year. It had to be in the 80's and it was during a spring break from school. So mid to late 80's I think. The tree in front lost a lot of height when the ice smashed it, but its form is getting much better now. The one in back didn't seem to suffer from the weight of the ice but then the pole gave it much needed support.

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Skiekitty
Mar 22, 2012 9:28 AM CST
*sigh* I've been wanting to grow wisteria here. We do get them in the stores, but I've read that sometimes it takes them 20+ years to get to a point that they want to bloom. Yours is just heavenly. I'm so jealous.
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Shannon
Mar 22, 2012 10:45 AM CST
Beautiful. I have a tiny baby that I was given last year. Hope it made the winter. I think
if it did I will show it a picture of yours so it has something to Aspire to be Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Mar 22, 2012 10:58 AM CST
Hi Toni,
I gave rooted runner to a friend last year about this time and she tells me it has a tiny bloom this year, so maybe the 20 year thing isn't true. I hope you get one to grow.

Shannon,
Wisteria loves Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. I think yours will be very very happy!
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fiwit
Mar 22, 2012 6:18 PM CST
I know that invasive wisteria loves GA, so I'm hoping that KY Wisteria will love GA too... Whistling

Sharon, I *love* your wisteria trees, and would love to do something like that in my yard. Now, if only I had a clothesline pole...
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Sharon
Mar 22, 2012 6:51 PM CST
Re-bar.
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fiwit
Mar 22, 2012 7:28 PM CST
Sharon said:Re-bar.


Hilarious!

Not a bad idea! Actually, I have an old garage sale kitchen chair with a busted seat... I was thinking it would be neat to see the vine growing up from inside the missing seat. Rebar would add stability, though, for sure. Maybe a shepherd's crook?
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Sharon
Mar 22, 2012 7:40 PM CST
Remember, it will grow like a tree and will get as tall at minimum as the bar it grows up. Look at the photos of the back yard tree and enlarge the one on the right. I'm only 5' tall so I keep it trimmed underneath to my height which just happens to be the cross bar of the clothesline pole. There's enough space beneath it for me to sit on a bench. But if you wove it through the seat of a chair, it might take the chair with it as it grows upward.

Teasing, but you also have to remember that those first few weaves have to be pretty tight to hold it upright.
Try it, you never know.
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Samigal
Mar 22, 2012 10:44 PM CST
Beautiful wisteria trees, I know someone who has a vine and maybe I can sweet talk her into letting me have a slip of it to try. Going to see her in mid April so I can dream about it till then. Lovey dubby
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Sharon
Mar 23, 2012 12:54 AM CST
Let me know if you don't get one from your friend, Pegi. I could get a rooted piece or two for you a little later in the spring. I think it would ship that far fairly well. We could try anyway.
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magga
Mar 26, 2012 7:26 AM CST
I love your Wiststeria trees Sharon, they are georgeous. I haven´t seen any wisterias here except in greenhouses. But If I could get seeds or cuttings I would love to try them in my garden. The summers are getting warmer here so it might be worth trying.
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Sharon
Mar 26, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Hi Magga!

How long and how warm are your summers? My wisteria remains green for about 8 months of the year, and I don't know if Iceland has that many months of warm. I can send you seeds and a rooted vine this year if you think it would travel. I've received seeds from France, but I don't know about your country and its laws about mailing live plants there.

I'd be happy to try!
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jmorth
Mar 26, 2012 9:56 AM CST
Sharon, Your wisteria creations are inspired.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Sharon
Mar 26, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Thanks, J.
After about 30 years, i still love them!
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magga
Mar 26, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Thank you Sharon. Our summers are cool, the warmest months are June, July and August with temps. 60° - 70°F. May and September can be nice with temperatures 50° - 60°F, some times higher. April is our spring month, but can be really cold some times, and October the same but it usually does not snow until the middle of November.

It is OK to mail seeds, but with plants it is complicated, especially if they have soil on the roots. I would love it if you would send some seeds later this year. I´m not sure about cuttings, but I know that people bring cuttings with them from abroad. Mail from the U.S. usually takes a week, some times 6 days.to get here. I would really like to try Wisteria I have a small but sheltered garden which usually is warmer in summer than most other places. I am going to plant rooted cuttings of Clematis alpina this summer. Clematis alpina is the only clematis I have seen here yet and it seems happy here.
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Sharon
Mar 26, 2012 4:35 PM CST
Remind me later in fall and I'll send you seed pods. I've never taken cuttings, only rootings of runners, and I'm not sure I trust cuttings to go that far. We can try though. I can always send both. If we can keep the end of it moist enough and if you stick it in cinnamon or a rooting agent when it gets there, then maybe.

I will for sure send you seeds later.
Let me know if you want also to get some cuttings.
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Mar 26, 2012 8:45 PM CST
I'm wistful over Wisteria. I've always loved it. Yours is beautiful! I love them especially woven into a tree. The best are woven into trees. I'm now north enough that I can have Wisteria. I just might.
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