Luiz invited us to post something about Christmas. I hope you enjoy an ornament from my tree.
My entry for Today's Flowers is a little different. Winter has taken all the beautiful blooms from my garden. Today I am showing you what is left on my Wisteria vines. Wisteria is a member of the Pea family, Fabaceae. Most of us know it as a climbing vine, with purple, and sometimes white, flowers in the early spring. Less noticeable, at least from a distance, are the seed pods that form afterwards. These pods are very soft and velvety, and get to be about 8-10" or longer. The pods are filled with smooth round brown seeds. A few things to bear in mind about these seeds: first, they're poisonous; second, they, the pods and the leaves do create a bit of garden litter; and third, fresh wisteria seed sprouts readily, but vines grown from seed, as opposed to grafted plants, sometimes take upwards of seven to ten years to bloom.