Native and non-native Wisteria and Columbine

 Japanese wisteria is in bloom in Philadelphia and I take it that, unseen this year, it is in bloom southwards in Longwood and in Mt. Cuba, Delaware.

 

 

 At Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania very close to the border with Delaware are

wisteria vines trained in three sunken enclosures, into tree-like, tiered forms, designed in 1976.  Fragrant.

 

 

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Longwood is also a research and conservation institution. 

It has evolved a wisteria which is hardy in the eastern United States.  They also bloom in May.  I noticed no fragrance but there may well be such.

 

 

 

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Longwood Purple American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) at Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

 

 

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At Longwood, you walk through beds of flowers to reach the enclosures of wisteria. 

 

 

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Among these are non-native columbine which begin to bloom in late April and continue for several months.

 

 

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Native (wild) columbine, the most ethereal of flowers – red with yellow interiors – grow also at Mt. Cuba and bloom also in late April and early May.

 

 

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Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) fronting Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans) at Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware 

 

 

 

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Japanese Wisteria at Longwood Gardens

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Native and non-native Wisteria and Columbine

  1. Sarah,What a luxurious post!
    How will I sleep this night after this extravagant feast this ethereal beauty.
    I saturate myself with the violet tones and recall this week’s lilacs on my walks.
    I love Richard Wilbur‘s poem,’The Lilacs’?
    Sarah,Are you familiar with it?
    I thank you so much for this offering!

    1. Thank you, Jane!

      I know that poem.

      Looking forward to these parks re-opening. I am just thinking about native and non-native viburnum because the Chinese ball viburnum are so rich!

      Sarah

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