16.04.2012
Flowers - the usual or the unusual?
Wisteria and the mystery of its name!

The wisteria is with us again, gently opening into that subtle, sophisticated shade you will struggle for ever to match exactly on your colour card. Only a few, though,so far. Right at the bottom of the grey, gnarled but feisty tangle on the sunniest wall of the house.

The tulips are going well, too, teasing with their slow bloom. And what about all these strawberries? Aren't they early? There's still quite a mix of primroses all over the place,which seem to have lasted a lot longer than usual. A few pure white flowers in among the yellow; and even a rather exotic looking lilac coloured one.  Hmm.  Did we plant that?  No.  Yet there it is. Wonderful. There are compensations in not being Monty Don.

Knowledge, eh? No one seems sure whether the wisteria is named after Dr Caspar Wistar of Philadelphia, identifier of the bones of a giant prehistoric sloth, or John Wister, also of Philadelphia, who lived in the house where a gallant but unsuccessful British general in the War of Independence died of his wounds in the front parlour, and where the bloodstains can still be seen on the floor.

 

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