Blooming Springtime—Wisteria and Iris

Michael Hagedorn

Just sharing a couple of things that made me smile, blooming in the garden this week-

The fact that they both have lavender blossoms was purely coincidental…I have a tense relationship with the color lavender, but I did like these—

Chinese Wisteria, Wisteria sinensis—This tree has been a prolific bloomer for the past five years. When the blooms are done, leaves form at the base of the bloom spike, so we cut them back to those leaves, leaving a short spike. That becomes our ramification in a wisteria bonsai.

Iris cristata—When they get really senile they don’t bloom so often, so this one is still a teenager. Was potted only a couple years back. To restart the bloom cycle, repot your iris. There’s a Maidenhair fern that blew in there unexpectedly, like a hitchhiker, tucked in on the left… I like it so I left it. Foliage with…

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