Monday, March 15, 2010

INSANE WISTARIA

 We took a little Sunday trip to the quaint little foothill village of Sierra Madre to go to the annual Wistaria
Festival.  Once a year this beautiful town celebrates a Wistaria bush that is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the worlds largest known flowering plant.  It is now 116 years old, weighs 250 tons (how the heck did they weigh it )? and has branches that extend to over 500 feet.   Pictures alone cannot show the scope of this ginormous plant.  This was planted from a single plant.   I have tried, but if you are ever in Southern California on March fourteeth, go to see this wonder of nature.    Also the village closes off the main streets where there are some great vendors, several bands, and the usual food, freaks colorful people, and firetrucks that go with events like this.  
                                                                
                                          THE DRIVE TO SIERRA MADRE.
  
KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS ONE BUSH.



 A view from the top
The view from the bottom

 The vine covers two properties on over one acre
                                                              
  This is for you Gina.  Gina is a new blog friend that is from Sierra Madre and is now an expat 
that is living in PARIS..Her blog is well written with beautiful photos of daily life there.  You end up being kinda jealous but she seems such a lovely  person that it doesn't last for long.  She gets a little homesick for her family back here in Sierra Madre so I thought  I'd visit it for her and pass it along to who ever reads this.     As you can see, I sort of got the pictures and captions together, but no kidding it took me forever and I got the sweats doing it.  There has got to be an easier way!!
                                                        

                                                                    

                                                          MY WISTARIA..


 Just beginning to bud....

 
 AND NOW...THIS!!!


Six years of training and pruning..
For one week of pure floral heaven..

AND NOW THAT I KNOW HOW TO DO THIS!!!

I JUST DON'T WANT TO STOP.......
                                

6 comments:

Jeanette said...

I would love to see that! All day I'm going to be wondering the same thing........how DID they weigh it?

Fire Byrd said...

What an amazing plant. I love Wisteria, but they take for ever to get going over here and certainly won't be flowering till late May.
xx

PK Studios said...

Amazaing wisteria.... I must visit some day!
Mine still looks dead...I hope it is still dormant and hasn't gone to heaven!

Pam said...

Love your photos! The white wisteria is also very pretty, but not seen as often here in South Australia. We have a huge Wisteria,similar to that you have photographed, in our State Botanic Gardens here - it over a hundred years old I believe.I remember playing under it as a pre-schooler, and boy, is that going back a while!!

maurakeith said...

I LOVE Wisteria..always wanted it...had it on the pergola at the Victorian but now I'm without it again. Oh well...maybe I'll plant some here on the farm. I've heard of that huge Wisteria plant you went to see...it's quite the 'monster' isn't it! I bet it's even better in person. You lucky girl you...I love your French doors leading to your wisteria covered pergola...what a great place to sit and relax. Best of all is your shadow...VERY GOOD Cynthia!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day (Tuesday) ps you're doing great with your photo's and captions!!! You Go Girl! MauraXX

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi cynthia

awesome wisteria! i think theres one on my fence that the neighbour planted....
i would like to see that huge one tho...

cheers
~laura

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