The Wisteria has been absolutely glorious this year, another of my many favourites when it comes to blossoms, as you can see by my chosen header for April. Although there are hundreds if not thousands of brilliant and beautiful photos presently in the blog sphere, I have still decided it is worthwhile sharing a few of my own and a little bit of the history of Wisteria with you.
Wisteria or Glicine, as it is known in Italian originally came from Asia where it is known as ‘the blue vine’ ‘Zi Teng’ and was not found in Italy until it is thought 1840, although it was seen in Europe from 1816. The story goes that the first ever Wisteria was introduced into Europe by an Englishman, one Captain Welbank after he was invited for dinner by a rich Chinese dealer from Guangzhou, Canton. The dinner party was held underneath a pergola covered by flowering wisteria, never having seen such a beauty Captain Welbank convinced the dealer to give him some seedlings which he took back to England. Three years later, in 1819, the wisteria bloomed for the first time and from there on rapidly spread to many gardens throughout Europe.
There are many varieties and colours now available but the one most commonly seen here is the pale purple, lavender, lilac colour mix. A vigorous and very adaptable climbing shrub that not only withstands the toughest of winters but is also resistant to most pests and diseases. Wisteria flowers abundantly in early Spring, normally during April here in Italy, before its leaves unfurl and then again but less so around early June.
To learn more about these beautiful plants, click on the links to take you to the full text, some of which is fascinating.
A selection of my Wisteria photos showing it in all its glory during the month of April.
The photos used here are all my own All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection
If you would like to see any of the above photos enlarged or view the rest of the album you may do so by visiting
My Flickr Album entitled Wisteria 2011.
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All other information was researched on the following websites.
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