Re: [gardeners] Macadamias and wisterias (
Fri, 22 Mar 2002 14:14:06 -0500

Congratulations on the wisteria blooming after only 3 years in your garden.  The one at our old house took 5 years, and I considered us lucky.

Zone 6, KY

> From: Ron Hay <>
> Date: 2002/03/22 Fri AM 10:48:54 EST
> To: gardeners <>
> Subject: [gardeners] Macadamias and wisterias
> Good morning, friends,
> No, I have not fallen into a hole: I have been busy becoming accredited
> by the Seniors Real Estate Council to learn how to work more effectively
> with senior citizens in my market area to market their homes:)
> This morning, after having been away for a couple of days, all sorts of
> wonders have occurred in the garden: roses are blooming (and also need
> an good anti fungal treatment); our macadamia blossoms are finally
> opening...and, TA DA!!!!....our Chinese wisteria which is now beginning
> its 3rd full year in our yard, has begun to bloom! We had begun to
> wonder if/when it would ever bloom, but were greatly heartened by
> Margaret's words of wisdom last year:)
> We had bought it, still marked with the sale price, the day after the
> garden sale was over at our great local nursery, and they agreed to sell
> it to us at the sale price; but we had no idea what color it was. This
> morning, the mystery is solved: a cloud-soft lavender. It's blooming on
> the east side of the house first, as the north side does not yet receive
> any/much direct sun yet.
> And the macadamia! The blooms occur as a tiny lavender/magenta blossom
> on the sides of long "strings" (panicles?), many of which,
> unfortunately, were blown off by last week's Santa Ana winds.
> As I look around our yard, it's "touch anything and make a difference"
> time, since so much garden maintenance has been "deferred" to the
> weekends, leaving much of it to Vivian, as I often show property on
> weekends.
> But this is the time we love, when the garden truly awakens from its
> "winter" nap; time to plant and dream.
> This weekend is the March meeting of the California Rare Fruit Growers,
> which is always a joy to attend, whenever my business schedule/garden
> schedule permits. It's so much fun to get together with a bunch of
> like-minded people who do not consider one a nut for trying to grow a
> peanut butter tree (bunchiosa argentea) in our climate...and who also
> relish the challenge of "pushing the envelope" as to what we can grow in
> Southern California, as we are truly a collection of Mediterranean
> climactic zones, and not even remotely tropical.
> Well, friends, I am all charged up and wish today were Saturday, so that
> I could meet with my gardening buddies here, locally, and to spend some
> time in the garden.
> Have a wonderful day, and wherever you are, whatever your zone, think
>'ll get to where you are sooner or later.
> Ron