In the UK there’s a series of “watch” programs on TV that attempt to keep us in tune with the seasons:
- Wildlife Watch
Oddly, summer doesn’t get its own program for some reason. This is all fine until they begin showing out-of-season repeats, at which point it all gets terribly confusing.
Personally, I have my own “Watch” program and that’s: “WisteriaWatch”! The latest update from this is that the Wisteria has reached another level of maturity; it is now putting on a tiny second flowering in late summer.
This is the first year it has flowered twice and it feels like another milestone has passed. There aren’t many flowers, but you might just be able to make out odd dots of purple among the mass of green.
There hasn’t been much lateral progress from leading runners this year, but you’ll notice one particularly enterprising runner has reached the roofline and is now currently wondering whether to head off along the tiles. Another has emerged from close to the graft at the base of the plant and now winds underneath the kitchen window and then goes straight up between the window and the door. As a bonus, the Banksiae Lutea rose planted by the kitchen door is also starting to take off and is producing long, thick canes befitting of a climbing rose.
At this rate, the next update for WisteriaWatch might not come with a picture due to the kitchen door having been barricaded shut by the wall of green creeping over the rear of the house.