My lovely friend from long ago, Carol Tessier, and I have been e-mailing back and forth about her fabulous Wisteria floribunda 'Longissima'. I visited Carol and her husband Luc a couple of years ago in early May and was dazzled by the super-long chains of flowers in her entrance court.
Carol lives in Asnieres, just outside Paris, on a street with high walls. Only the top of the house is visible from the sidewalk. At this time of the year, when you step through the doorway and into the entrance court, you walk under exceptionally long, fragrant wisteria blossoms which hang overhead. It's like you've entered some magical kingdom.
So, a while back, I asked Carol if she would take a photograph for me to post here. She agreed and kept giving me reports as to the progress of the flowers. Here's the e-mail I received on Sunday. The subject was "Great Catastrophe!!!":
Tomorrow, I'll post a photo taken from the street. You won't believe how long the racemes are. I've seen the white version, 'Longissima Alba' in a garden in California, but I believe these chains are even longer. Incredible!