Nearly time for the annual Wisteria Blossom Show – some, like this example, are almost there – others are just showing plump, silky buds on a bare fretwork of stems, but a few more days of warmth and sunshine and it will be Showtime!

A divine few weeks of peppery-scented intense blues, ghostly blues and whites, lilacs, lavender, violets and pinks. Long (and longer) racemes of  pendulous highly-fragrant flowers ideal for covering pergolas and walls.

I must make a diary note to get down to Nymans (now a National Trust property, formerly the Messel family home) near Handcross in Sussex. Wisteria adorns the gothic ruins of the house and along a 100′ pergola – perfection.



 Nymans is to feature in an hour-long BBC4 TV show ‘British Gardens in Time’, airing later this month. It is the turn of Great Dixter tonight at 9pm.