First Wisteria of the season

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Finally managed to get the first Wisteria blooms posted for a change.

I wish I could share the fragrance with you also.

Enjoy,
Paul
 

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That is Beautiful, as I was waiting for the page to load after I clicked the link. I was thinking I wonder if it smell as good as the ones outside. And you answered that for me.
I have my eye on a old one growing close to a tree, not sure how to collect it (with permission from the owner) without damage to the tree it is next to.

Thanks for sharing yours
Michael
 

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very nice wisteria.like the trunk too!

I appreciate the positive feedback cmeg1.

This particular wisteria has just started it's journey as a bonsai. It has only been in training for about 5 years now.

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That is Beautiful, as I was waiting for the page to load after I clicked the link. I was thinking I wonder if it smell as good as the ones outside. And you answered that for me.
I have my eye on a old one growing close to a tree, not sure how to collect it (with permission from the owner) without damage to the tree it is next to.

Thanks for sharing yours
Michael

You are most welcome Michael. I'm glad you enjoyed the image.

Wisteria are fairly easy to collect. In my experience, you don't need to collect much of the roots when you dig them up.

I have several purple flowering wisteria that were growing up close to trees like you mentioned. It just takes a bit more patience during the extraction process.

Cheers,
Paul
 

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Here's another shot taken yesterday.

The racemes have filled out a bit more.

Enjoy,
Paul
 

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Wow, it's very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Great looking tree......all mine still in tight and haven't open up yet. Funny i'm an hour north but it makes a differnece.
 

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Wow, it's very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Bonhe

You are most welcome Tuan.

I appreciate the nice compliment.

I look forward to seeing a photo of your wisteria once the racemes finally open.

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Great looking tree......all mine still in tight and haven't open up yet. Funny i'm an hour north but it makes a differnece.

Hi Francis,

Your right, it is funny how mother nature works and the difference an hours drive can make. I was a bit surprised by the wisteria this year. Mine are about two weeks ahead of last year in regards to the flowers opening.

This particular white flowering wisteria was an eager beaver for some reason. It was a week ahead of the rest.

The purple flowering wisteria should peak in the next couple of days.

I'll post a few photos of them when they are ready.

Cheers,
Paul
 

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One more for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy,
Paul
 

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Very nice wisterias Paul, thanks very much for sharing. I particularly love your white one. I dug up a 30 year old wisteria with a 7" base from my parents' yard this fall, and would love for it to end up looking half as nice as yours. :D
 

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Very nice wisterias Paul, thanks very much for sharing. I particularly love your white one. I dug up a 30 year old wisteria with a 7" base from my parents' yard this fall, and would love for it to end up looking half as nice as yours. :D

You are most welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

A 7" base, now that's a beast.

Did you collect it yourself?

How is it coming along?

Is it pushing new growth yet?

I look forward to seeing what you can accomplish with your wisteria.

Good Luck,
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Hi Paul,

It is a bit of a beast. My parents have been growing it in their yard in NYC since I was little. Luckily for the collection, my dad had moved it three to five years earlier to its new spot, so the roots weren't all that bad to deal with. Even then, the vine had grown to about 6 feet wide and probably 10-12 feet in height accounting for the trellis. :eek: I remembered it being a pretty good size, but didn't fully appreciate how big it was until the shovel was in my hand :rolleyes:

Luckily with the prior transplant, it only took my dad and me maybe a little over an hour on the collection, with only a small handful of very thick roots to cut off but plenty of fine feeder roots in the rootball. I cut it back to about 4 feet in height, and managed to keep a three foot branch with lots of foliage to help it get through the fall as well as two foot lengths of other main branches to plan for eventual dieback. Even then, it still managed to put out quite a bit of new growth before winter set in. I've seen some slight movement in the buds recently, but I imagine I still have a few weeks before it leafs out.

I'll try and post a picture when I'm home.
 

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Hi Paul,
My wisteria just has some opening flowers today. I will take its picture this weekend.
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My wisteria

Here are a couple of pictures of the wisteria I dug last fall. It's pushing buds now, so it looks like it survived the winter. I ended up keeping that one long branch as it was the shortest one with leaves that I could get into my car (which was pretty tough as it was).

Probably a bit big for shohin, but hopefully should make a nice tree :D
 

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Here are a couple of pictures of the wisteria I dug last fall. It's pushing buds now, so it looks like it survived the winter. I ended up keeping that one long branch as it was the shortest one with leaves that I could get into my car (which was pretty tough as it was).

Probably a bit big for shohin, but hopefully should make a nice tree :D

Ya, I would agree with you, a bit big for shohin.

However, with the right care, I think this will make a very nice bonsai.

Here is a photo of me and my beast.

This one is a little over 6" at the base and approximately 45" tall. It's getting to be a handful.

I cut the racemes off my two purple wisteria this past weekend and ended up with a tube full of flowers for the compost heap.

Cheers,
Paul
 

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Thanks for the pictures Paul. They give a sense of scale, not only as to the size of your wisteria, but also the amount of flowers! Beautiful tree :D

Just out of curiosity, did you collect a stump and grow out all the current branches from scratch? My thought on my wisteria was to eventually cut it back to about a foot from where the trunk splits into subtrunks, and grow out new branches from there (probably cut it back to around the top of my second picture). Just wondering how long that would take. Not that I'm in a hurry or anything. I left plenty of length on the subtrunks to account for likely dieback. One this initial set of chops, I don't think there would be that much dieback as last fall it already started pushing new growth from within a half foot of the ends of the chops. I imagine that it will take me a few years to slowly chop back to where I want to start the branches.
 
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