As I looked out my living room window a few days ago, I saw this majestic site and could, without even going outside, smell the sweet smell of wisteria. It is an ambitious vine and many Southerners have a love/hate relationship with it.
For avid gardeners, this vine will drive you crazy for 11 months of the year. My brown thumb is not too bothered by it, especially because when wisteria is in bloom the delicate perfume that permeates my yard is intoxicating. I know it can be trained, but in reality I spend my time training my children, so in this life season the wisteria vine training is going to have to wait.
I am not the only one who loves it, the bumble bees swarm to wisteria. I do not have a macro lens, so I was pretty close to these guys when taking the pictures. But, don't worry, I survived without being stung (do these kind of bees sting? remember, brown thumb girl, I ran away just in case).
Here is another bee-pleasing tree in our yard, a flowering crabapple tree.
Although these trees are customarily grown as ornamentals, later this year we will have crabapples that can be made into wonderful jelly. I tried making the jelly once and it was alright, but one of the cooks at the park restaurant can make some extraordinary crabapple jelly. So, now I just let her pick them for the price of a couple of jars. It's a win-win situation, well, maybe I win a little more because I don't have to do anything, I did not plant the tree. I do have to make the biscuits though, does that count?
I hope Spring is coming to your area.
The Park Wife