SECOND ANNUAL WISTERIA SOIREE A GREAT SUCCESS AND TOO MUCH FUN

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 25-03-2012

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And that is an understatement.  We all had a great time.  The food was wonderful.  The gathering of friends exciting and the weather perfect here in PARADISE.  What a perfect day under the wisteria arbor with the mixed scent of wisteria and citrus blossoms.  What’s more…the garden looked wonderful as it starts to evolve into our Spring and Summer Garden.

This event is our way to usher in Spring amongst our garden partners and friends.  Every member is asked to invite a couple to share the evening with us.  Our second goal is to enlist a few new garden members.  We are now looking for up to four new faces that show a look of passion when they see our garden.  It takes passion to commit to a garden because it can mean real work – especially in the heat of summer.  But for the true gardener, it is a pleasure that is enjoyed all year.  I want to extend an invitation to all of our garden blog readers that if you are in the area around the first day of spring and are interested in joining us at our Wisteria Soiree, please email me at – seaislandman@islc.net – and let me know and I will give you the details.

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Wisteria from www.SeaIslandPrints.com.

We have four Wisteria vines, one at each corner of an arbor which we built in our garden about 12 years ago.  They have grown to cover it and occasionally make an attempt to escape to other regions of the garden which we frown upon.  The grouping makes a spectacular display each Spring and becomes the focal point of the garden with the wisteria scent mingling with the citrus blooms.  It is the closest thing to a serial experience that I have encountered.  As we sit beneath the arbor enjoying our wine, fruit and cheese, the falling blossoms cover our plates and dance in our wine.

THE BEGINNING

JOHN, CORRINE, ELLEN AND CARL

KATHY AND PEGGY WARD

MY SON, CAM, AND FRIEND BOB

BOB (BEHIND CHRIS) AND DAVIS

MY GRANDSON, KEEGAN, SHOWING OFF THE STRAWBERRIES

A STRAWBERRY FEAST IN THE FIG TREE

GLENDA AND I AT THE SOIREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GARDEN

We have been busy planting seedlings and seeds.  The artichokes, peas, spring mix, peppers, tomatoes, egg plant, onion, winter squash, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, radish, cucumbers, collards, broccoli, spring onion, sugar cane, beans and Jerusalem artichoke are but some of what our garden is to grow this season.  We have basil, dill, fennel, saffron and many flowering plants to brighten our rows.  The blackberries and boysenberries are in full boom and the blue berries have set huge clumps of future berries.  The pear have bloomed and the 7 varieties of citrus are in full bloom.  Strawberries are starting to turn red and the figs and grapes are not far behind. 

Things to do are to make supports for the bird netting to go over the fruits and vegetables that are attractive to birds and to finish weeding the areas where mulch has not been placed before we place the mulch.  We have the final two raised beds to construct for the bean crops – both pole (my favorite, Garden of Eden from Johnny’s Selected Seeds) and a good hot weather crowder or black-eyed pea.  Once the weather gets really hot, we will put in the okra.

The good news is that the honey bees will be shipped on April 11th so they should be here to catch some of the wild honey flow as well as work our garden.

Stay tuned.

Gordon

 

 

 

Comments (2)

Great pictures! We should do this more often. Had a good time. Thanks all for coming.

wow, what a lovely, elegant soiree – the Wisteria arbor looked beautiful and I could almost taste the Spring air of the garden. thanks for a slice of the good life.

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