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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-24

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Think Spring, Part 4

There are so many gorgeous images of wisteria online that I have to apologize for the underwhelming nature of this one. If you'd like to see some better examples, check here for starters. Believe it or not, wisteria is a relative of the pea. These woody vines can be grown in just about any zone, and the plants are available as trees, shrubs or vines with blossom colors ranging from lavender to pink, white, and deep purple/blue. Wisteria flowers in the spring. Some varieties are fragrant. But watch out for the seed pods, which are poisonous.

Wisteria does need some specialized care and feeding, as well as pruning to prevent it from taking over. You'll find more detailed instructions on wisteria care here and here.


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Submitted by Lex on

And they can grow ... hell, what am i talking about, the USDA recently made the little pocket i call The Superior Riveria a flippin Zone 6. Oddly enough, i can believe it. However, spring feels pretty damned far away at the moment, given that we're just emerging from that cold snap the East Coast is getting now and have been seeing high temps of 0 or less and wind chills below -20.

I know it isn't though. And thank goodness for that. I hope to work 50 hrs/week or less this spring/summer/fall and dedicate some serious time to the yarden.