For a period of 2-3 weeks from late April to early May the frontage of our house is transformed by a magnificent old Wisteria in full flower that climbs across the front wall. Not only are the pendulous flowers beautiful but they give off a delightful scent.
This Spring has not been kind to a Wisteria. The warmth of March tricked it into thinking Spring had arrived and so it developed accordingly. It then suffered the cold and rain of April –and stalled uncomfortably. With each occasional dry or warmer day it nudged forward like a child playing a game of Grandmother’s Footsteps only to stand still when the rain and cold returned. Unsurprisingly it has suffered and this year’s flowering has been disappointing: patchy with many buds lost before they ever reached the flowering stage.
The flowering of Wisteria is one of those events that we look forward to with great pleasure every year and sadly this season there have been very few possibilities for any rewarding images. But one of the benefits of a Photographic archive is that one can look back at previous years and enjoy the images captured then.
Today’s images are arranged in a gallery and all (including the one above) come from the previous two years. Click the first image in the gallery and then use the arrows to navigate through all the other images.
Today we are basking in warm sunshine but it’s arrived too late to make a difference to Spring. We must hope that it is the sign of better things to come.