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Blooming Wisteria


I want to share an idea for an arbor to train your wisteria on, or really any vine that catches your fancy. Grape vines are wonderful, of course, and I see wild ones growing everywhere around Ennis; there’s one at Kachina Prairie that I saw last year. The arbor I helped build was for wisteria. The wife of a friend of mine was crazy about the plant, and she wanted something simple and rustic. That was a good thing as neither my friend nor I had any serious building skills, and we weren’t thrilled about being put to work on a garden project. Now I won’t be talking about planting wisteria, as early spring or fall is ideal for planting, not now. But if you have definite plans for a lovely flowering vine like wisteria it won’t hurt to get a little arbor ready, or if you are more adventurous than this idle gardener, maybe a larger pergola for entertaining. What my friend and I did was simply take some old limbs that were fairly young and very sturdy; they need to be strong to support the wisteria which is heavy and can be aggressive in its growth. The four limbs we chose to form the arbor were from cedar trees that had been cut down on a neighbor’s property. They were not extremely thick and about 11 or 12 feet high, and they weren’t all perfectly straight; they were wavy and gnarly and the lady of the house liked that. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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