Monday, May 23, 2011

Wisteria are you from?

Last Friday as I was racing to the bank before they closed.
I wasn’t really racing….
just getting there with minutes to spare…..I do that all the time
they must love me: )
I drove by one of my favorite houses…..
I call it the Wisteria house…..
George had mentioned it looked more gorgeous then normal so I wanted to make a point to notice it.

I even went back to get my camera……..
thought you might like to see it too.


I hadn’t even realized what a wonderful gate they had with initials and all that crackly paint.
I guess it pays to get out of the car.


and RWD
I wonder what the names stand for and why they are different?
……George doesn’t know who lives here either
…..and he wonders why I care
….I wonder too…but


I may actually know who lives here. Awhile back someone
told me that Mr. G ( don’t want to mention his real name…just in case)
had the most beautiful azaleas and rhodies
and that he had them all along the side of the driveway too.
( I didn’t take pictures of those)

side shot
I think this could be his house
but the initials don’t match


   key hole
The azaleas are fantastic but the real star for me is the WISTERIA

                                    thru fence
I’ve always wanted a wisteria but you can’t plant them just anywhere.
They can be pretty aggressive growers and can overtake a small arbor.
I often talk customers out of buying them when I realize what kind of support they plan on using.
I can’t tell you how many people ask me how they can kill theirs: )
they’ve tried everything.

               with fence

We had one root itself out of the pot and into the gravel in one of your greenhouses.
It made it’s way clear across one side but it never flowered. It really needed to go.
Later we chopped it down really hard and it flowered beautifully that season. I thought wow this is pretty cool I guess I can have a wisteria. I waited to see it again
the next year but George informed me that he had yanked it out and  killed it.
What??? I was really disappointed.
apparently you can kill them.

               with wall

    left side

       I played around with Kim Klassen Cafe textures on a few of these images…..
    using warmsun.
   Thanks Kim
      it was a rainy day today so that was an appropriate one to use.
       Rainy days gives me time to play so I’m not complaining.
The sun will shine again.

Prayers  and thoughts go out to the people of Missouri
in this latest crisis.


Phoenixford said...

Beautiful! Breathtaking! I could move in right now. what a lovely house and your photo's are wonderful. Did they see you with your camera? Stunning pictures, sally xx

Karen said...

That's a beautiful house and the azaleas and wisteria are breath taking. Your photography is really beautiful, I love the shot through the fence.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is a cool garden gate! And the garden is beautiful also. My wisteria has been in the garden two years now and she hasen't bloomed yet. Ill giver her one more try next Spring or maybe I will just keep her she covers the wall really well. Thank's for sharing that beautiful garden.....Julian

oldgreymare said...

Oh swoon...and ending my day on a wonderful note <3
You always come through for me..
cool tune too :D

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carole, Wow, gorgeous house, gorgeous pictures! I would love to move in right away. Maybe it would be even better if we would move into the house on the other side of the street, so that we can always enjoy that lovely view :-). The wisteria is so pretty and the azaleas and rhodies are beautiful too.
Have a great Tuesday!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Amazing house, gate and grounds!
I want to go inside now!!!
Paula's wisteria above the garage has climbed way up to the tippy top of the towering trees above. It looks glorious but its invasive quality is a bit scary! :)
Hope your weather is better today! said...

WOW you have really outdid yourself with such gorgeous photos:) I love the one through the fence. Mr. 'G' has a beautiful home and garden. I love wisteria and mine finally bloomed last Spring, then 'you know who' trimmed the whole arbor back and it never bloomed this year:( He is officially banned from 'trimming' the garden again. lol Have a great week, hoping for a little sun.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

These are breathtaking photos! I have never seen anything so pretty not even in my gardening books! Thank you for sharing your photos of this gorgeous home and garden!

Linda Makiej said...

Terrific work!!
glad to be following you now!

A Cottage Muse said...

How stunning Carole...thanks for sharing!
BTW...received my JDL the other day, thank you!!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

WOW, that is a gorgeous house!!

sissie said...

OMG! What beautiful gardens surrounding such a lovely home. I love mysterious, beautiful and old homes.


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

What a lovely home and yes a bit of mystery. Perhaps the current owner left the initials for sentimental reasons. I dare you to knock on the door and ask!

Riitta Sinikka said...

Hi! So beutifull!! And Thank You, You visited my blog! Best regards,from Romulyyli-riitta

Anonymous said...

(and no power for the Queen)

slommler said...

OMG! That home is beautiful! All those stunning blooms and the colors!!! Wowzers!
The house itself is a wonder to behold!!

Giulia said...

Oh I am a wisteria lover, definitely. You do have to keep an eye on it, yes. Down here in the mid-Atlantic it grows like...a weed:) Those are lovely pix, too.

Cheers, Carole.


Olive Cooper said...

That is a lovely home. Wisteria can be killed. Joe killed ours at the old house because it was overtaking our porch.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Carole! Oh seeing your photo's makes me REALLY REALLY want wisteria growing on a pergola here at the farm. I've been thinking of getting a rhododendron and some azalea's too ...just not sure if they'll work where I want to put them though. Seeing these beautiful specimens makes me want to try...they must really love to garden as this is just gorgeous. Love your use of the texture...I have some of Kim's but still haven't tried to use them yet. I guess I should just bite the bullet and do it. Thanks for stopping by today and please give your Bella a scritch for me. Have a wonderful Thursday.
Maura :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Carole
Fabulous house.. I love it!! and love those gates too...
Hope your pace is settling down a bit.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

Anonymous said...

Wow - gorgeous home and garden!!!

When I was 20, I lived in a cottage in Saratoga, CA with wisteria that climbed up the side of the house and along the roof - it was so beautiful!

I once saw wisteria growing up steel supports and then along chains from post to post - very sturdy looking!

Wishing you a great one, Carole!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Look at the flowers... how gorgeous.
Magazine arrived safe and sound, thanks so much!
Susan x

Crinoline said...

Hi,Carole.How nice to hear from you again.The house and garden are amazing. Hugs from Norway

Anonymous said...

I love it! Now I want wisteria too. You are an amazing photographer.

conservatory said...

I really like. Thanks for the sharing with us.

Rebecca said...

Wow Carole just beautiul, that is amazing
So that is what Wisteria is supposed to look like...ha I have one on the side of my studio but it has never bloomed... I don't think they like the midwest and I can't say as I blame them.
I am in WA getting ready for FC
working hard :)

Jacqueline said...

Dear Carole,
So sorry that I'm late for this post.....I must have missed it !!
I can't get over how wonderful this house looks. Such a blaze of colour and a gorgoeus house. The Azaleas are beautiful.....something that I haven't had much success with.
We used to have a white wisteria growing up the front of our house and, it didn't flower for fifteen years. Then, one year it did but, usually the flowers come first don't they but ours came after the foliage, so you couldn't see the beautiful flowers so, we took it out. We now have a lovely David Austin rose that flowers from May until September.
Wonderful photographs of a spectacular garden. XXXX

Ashley said...

wowwwww this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! i just found your blog.... This house is my dream! where is it?!

vicki said...

Oh my Carole- you have captured such lovely images here- I would have wanted to tiptoe all around the yard - love the image through the fence design. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!

Pamela said...

Amazing photographs. The house looks like something Kincaid would paint. We used to have a man with the most amazing rose garden. I sent him a thank you card for sharing his roses with all of us. Didn't even sign my name -- just wanted him to know they were enjoyed.


Renée Finberg said...


i would love to know who it is.

Ella said...

Thank your for sharing; what a glorious view~ I would so love to write about the people who live there... YOUR photos are stunning!

Jayne said...

Oh that house! I could just sink into the lawn, drinking a cool lemonade (or a cheeky G & T), with a parasol providing shade for my book. :)

The initials are a bit of a mystery. I quite like to think they mean something... intriguing!

LDH said...

Stopping by for the first time because your blog name caught my attention. Lovely place you have here! I have enjoyed perusing many of your posts :)

Kindly, Lorraine

bikim said...

so pretty!
and romantic!
a dream house!
°º✿happy June!!!!º° ✿♥

instant self hypnosis said...

Gorgeous house and the trellis sure looks good!

geraldine snape said...

oh how jealous I am of that superb wisteria! mine is spindly and won't bloom...the pics are gorgeous and that house speaks to me of being young and watching old american films albeit they were often in black and white then!!

The French Bear said...

Wonderful, I have always loved Wisteria, I never thought of it as a pest....too bad it won't grow here....not much does....our winters are very hard on plants that bloom...those flowers are stunning!!!! How great to have such a green thumb! I will wait for you to solve the mystery of the will be a romantic and sweet love story, won't it?
Ha ha...good to know you are having some time to play even it if has to be when it rains!!!!
Margaret B

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

I love this beautiful house and garden and I would be wanting to snap photos of it too.
My husband had to remove a big wisteria at our front entrance, it has completely taken over and had destroyed a trellis and was setting out runners everywhere. It would flower so beautifully so was sad to see it have to go.
I do still have one growing near a corrugated fence, so I don't think that can harm anything.
Happy June,

A New England Life said...

Gorgeous! When I was down in Rhode Island recently I saw azalea's and Wisteria like that. Up here in NH they don't seem to grow as large though.

The Wisteria on my arbor gets crazy every year. I just love it! This year a Robin has decided to take up residence in the middle of it so currently the plant is out of control. Every time I start trimming it back she has a fit! Once those babies fledge that plant is in for a rude awakening!

Love these photos, Carole. And I don't know WHAT George was thinking!