Monday, April 27, 2015
Beware of the Lovely Wisteria!
I have LOVED the looks of Wisteria... what lovely flowers and how romantic it looks with the cascades of beautiful blooms.
I have never been very close to a plant, but decided it would be so nice climbing up the side entrance to my back garden, so when Aldis had them last year for a great price, I was excited and bought one.
It was only a small plant that didn't look anything like these pictures... in fact, it wasn't even growing yet, so it was just a stick in some growing medium.
I had visions of these lovely purple blooms.. and my mind moved ahead to all of the wonderful pictures I would take with this in my yard! Oh, the backdrop for pictures of my girls.... or family pictures.. or a tea party. :)
The masses of flowers appeal so much and I was so glad that I would have my own.... right here. :)
Well, that little stick sat in its box for a while and after growing a bit, it started to languish. I so wanted it to grow and thrive, so I took it out and planted it.
About that time, I decided to look up some information about the plant.. I needed to know more of how to take care of those beautiful flowers. I do lots of research, and I realized I hadn't done any yet on this plant, but had just read the label on the box from Aldis.
The more I read, the more concerned I became... and finally realized this may not be a plant I want to have after all.
It is toxic... I hadn't known that... and the label didn't say anything about it. I also found that once it starts, it twines its way over fences and frames... and trees and bushes and yards and up the house... and it can be very hard to control. I really didn't want a plant that would need constant pruning or be poisonous.
Those beautiful flowers still appeal to me, but I was SO GLAD to check on my little plant... and find it dead!
Whew.... I am so thankful it didn't take off and take over my garden... or poison children who visit... or my son's dog. I never thought I would be so glad to lose a plant... but I am.
If I had done my research before I bought the plant, I wouldn't have spent the money on it and I will be more careful to do that in the future.
I will still enjoy Wisteria... like this one that was in someone's yard.. it is so beautiful, but I am very thankful that my plant died and I won't be spending the next few years trying to keep it under control and feeling overwhelmed by the invasive nature of the plant.
Thank you for visiting my blog today... and if you have a Wisteria plant, I hope you are enjoying it and taking many photos. :) If you are thinking of getting one, you may want to do some research on it first. I hope you have a wonderful week. :)
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