Today I am not blogging about food. We live in the country and nobody ever gets to see our 50 foot long, 8 foot high and 6 foot wide arbor so I thought I would use my blog to share it with all of you. My husband built the arbor for me back in 1997 and I worked endlessly pruning and training the wisteria to get it to this point. The pictures below are the front and back entrance to the arbor, pink at one end and purple at the other end. I alternated a pink vine then a purple vine at every 4 x 4 post.
As beautiful as this is, it is a lot of work training and caring for these beautiful vines. I even trained pink and purple vines to become a tree in another area on our property. They turned out great but a vine is a vine no matter how big it gets. The trunks of the trees were 8-10 inches in diameter and even being that thick they needed support to stay upright. Every time the storms and wind came it blew our Wisteria Trees over. We bought huge posts and pounded them into the ground to hold our Wisteria Trees upright. We used chains and wrapped them around the poles to hold the trees in place. It became an endless battle as we have nothing but open fields around us and the wind just gets very strong out here! They were about 10 feet tall when I decided it was not worth the endless battle of trying to keep them upright, so we cut them down. The arbor has never been a problem because I trained the vines to wrap around the 4 x 4 posts as they grew to the top of the arbor. Once they climbed to the top, I left them alone. This is the first year both colors have bloomed at the same time.
Check out the size of the flowers compared to my hand! The flowers are only 1/3 of the way open in these pictures.
If you want to grow these gorgeous vines, give them time to bloom. Mine didn’t start blooming until about the 7th or 8th year. Have a lot off ambition and energy as the pruning never stops, but it does get easier. Then sit back and enjoy your masterpiece!