May 15, 2012

Wisteria

I came across these images of a wisteria garden in Japan, and they’re like nothing I’ve ever seen. wisteriaThey are from the Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan, fuji being the Japanese word for wisteria.

I love the colours and shapes of wisteria flowers,wisteria-good and the constant buzzing of the bees that you hear when you’re close to them.wisteria4They almost look like the northern lights hanging in the sky. wisteria2Magical and mysterious, but certainly real.wisteria3Pretty astonishing, aren’t they?

31 comments:

  1. I have never seen this before either - its just magic!!!

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  2. They are stunning. I saw these photos on your Pinterest board and thought they were paintings at first.

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    1. Kerry... i had to look a couple of times, too. Then i did some research and found out about the gardens in Japan.

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  3. Beautiful pics! The wisteria was in bloom in London last week. I took lots of pics of it, but my favorite was of wisteria climbing up a house that had been painted to match. Love the header pic, too!

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    1. Mary... Can't wait to see your pictures. We had a huge wisteria at the Castle, and it was stunning when it was in bloom. But I was too early to see it.

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  4. Not much makes my jaw drop! Mine hurts from slamming onto the keyboard. These are fabulous pictures. If I ever go to Japan it will be in wisteria season, forget the cherry blossoms.

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    1. Linda... it's such an amazing way of presenting the wisteria.

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  5. It is truly magical; almost like a soft rain falling!

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    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. Karena... what a perfect way of thinking about them.

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  6. What's amazing to me is the relative smallness of the stems/trunks compared to the number of flowers! I've got a wisteria with a trunk as thick as my forearm, but it produces maybe ten or twenty flowers. These apparently produce thousands of flowers each, and you can barely see the trunks growing up the sides of the lattice! There must be some trick to it. Insanely gorgeous, this.

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    1. The plants look like they're trained over lattices and hoops. And it could be a totally different variety than we have here.

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  7. Marcheline, yes there is a trick to it! But I don't know what it is. I had one trained on the deck railing and it never so much as pushed out a bud. Garden gurus told me it never bloomed because it was a) a male, b) because I cut it back too far.

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    1. Linda... i think the male/female thing is probably the cause. i know you can hack it back pretty far and it still grows like a weed.

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  8. OMG-these are insanely glorious + Thank you, Meg. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  9. This is a "wonder of the world" and they bloom and then hide for another year. Thank you. Mary

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    1. mary... i love amazing gardens, as you well know!

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  10. Let no mistake the air is filled with a breathtaking fragrance. One vacation we stopped at a S.C. plantation house off the beaten path to see the Manor house which was closed, boo hoo. As I was walking toward the house in awe of its beauty I notice a perfume in the breeze, I turned around and was stunned by an equally impressive wisteria in full bloom . I will share with you the name of this place Hampton Plantaion.

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    1. i think the fragrance must be incredible.

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    1. vickie... i thought they were paintings when i first saw the images.

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  12. My father had a purple blooming wisteria that grew to huge proportions. It got so big he had to install a solid stainless steel support for it, a kind of cross-bar, T thing. After a few years, the wisteria split the thing apart as if it were a toothpick. That's how strong it was. Unreal.

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    1. lisa... someone suggested i train wisteria on my south wall, but i knew about things like what happened to your father, so decided not to do it.

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  13. Unreal! i wonder how old the plants are.

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    1. pat... i would guess to train them like this, they must be pretty old.

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  14. Hanging gardens of Babylon was the first thing that came to my mind. yes they are astonishing

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