Ever smelled wisteria?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Here in Texas we don't have lilacs but we do have wisteria. It's just as pretty and stands up to the heat a lot better. Usually it's high in the trees but I found some today while I was out walking that draped down almost to the ground. I tugged the small furry one over so we could look at it more closely. It really is a beautiful flower but boy does it not have a pleasant scent. Unfortunately, I didn't know wisteria smelled bad and had put my face fully in it to take in a whiff. It's not skunk cabbage but it's definitely not lilacs. emoticon Next time I'll just sniff on the honeysuckle and jasmine.

The late and multiple freezes we had here in Houston this winter have confused the Spring flowers. It's sort of a mixed blessing because my allergies seem to be confused, too. A lot of the trees, like the red buds, haven't done anything yet. But those dogwoods are finally out and they are so pretty. Just in time for Easter.
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    I love the smell of wysteria! I wonder if that makes me weird?
    3829 days ago
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    We had honeysuckle in our yard a few years ago. It overtook the mailbox. In fact, the mailbox post rotted, but the honeysuckle was so strong it held up the post and box! And my college daughter always goes looking for ripe honeysuckle at her university. All of us are in Texas.
    3830 days ago
    i think all the flowers are so beautiful but i'm allergic to everything with a scent. i only have one rose bush in my yard and it is one that dosen't have much of a smell and it only has the roses for about a month. i wish i could have all those pretty flowers my sister-in-law has in her yard across the lake but i just have to admire them from over here.
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    3836 days ago
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    Hmmm. I have never smelled them before, but I was sure my sister said they smelled good. My neighbor has some growing on an arbor across the street. I will have to go and check it out! I'm planting a lilac bush this year... if I can only find one in the nursery.
    3836 days ago
    All this time I thought I was smelling Lilacs on my neighborhood walks. There is a plant that is growing up along the fence of a townhome in midtown (close to downtown Houston, for any non Texans) and large cone-like bundles of buds spill over and hang down, like a flower version of a grape arbor. They smell amazing! I wonder if this is a variety of wisteria and not lilac? I know what lilac bushes are like (I'm originally from the east coast so am familiar) but this is definitely not a bush. I wonder what it is! It doesn't stink! haha.
    3836 days ago

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    Try honesuckle next time! If there is any in TX. Smells divine.
    3836 days ago
    OOPs stinky flowers ...not so
    Never smelled wisteria but now I don't want to....

    Have a great gave me a chuckle.

    3836 days ago
    I didn't know Wisteria smelled bad, we have it all over NC too. Thanks for the warning. I'll tell you, when I lived up north the Lilacs were so beautiful I picked a bunch an put them in my dining room. The aroma was wonderful for about 2 or 3 days and when they started to fade, Boy did they stink. I got rid of them quick and opened up all the windows. Maybe there related to the Wisteria some how. I'll stick to the Jasmine and honeysuckle too. Have a great week and remember to keep sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3837 days ago
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