Although wisteria vines were a common feature of French farmhouses, the vines were traditionally grown just outside the main door of the house. The beautiful, fragrant vines provided a pleasant shady area that was often used as a "summer room." From my first conception of the farmhouse, my heart was set on having a wisteria vine, but since my farmhouse is a "high house," there didn't seem to be a suitable space for the wisteria. I couldn't quite visualize Marcel and Lisbette spending their rare intervals of relaxation sitting comfortably outside the barn door. Nor would Etienne appreciate their presence practically on his door sill!
So I flaunted tradition and planted a wisteria vine in a large pot on the balcony just outside the main living area on the second level. The vine continues to thrive, although unfortunately there isn't enough space on the balcony to provide a "summer room" for the Filibert family. But the heavenly scent of the wisteria blossoms fills the air and the house all through the summer months. That will suffice.
I began with a trellis design that I kept very simple. The flat board will be attached to the house, and the four metal rods will extend from the flat board to reach over the balcony. Thin wires lend support to the heavy wisteria vines between the metal rods.
The flat board and the metal rods for the trellis are ready to be measured and cut.
The board and rods have been cut and are ready to be painted.
I used a compilation of various artificial plants to make the "wisteria" vine. The lavender-colored blossoms seemed to be a good choice, but I had to separate the blossoms from the green, green leaves and stems, which were not a good choice.
I found a pot that was a very good size for the wisteria vine, but I thought it was very ugly; I repainted the pot with several different layers of color to cover the black.
The new and improved "terra cotta" pot was much better!
The rods and the board for the trellis have been stained a dark color, and the separated "wisteria" blossoms are ready to be glued onto the trunk and branches of the vine.
I anchored the wisteria trunk in a ball of soft clay inside the terra cotta pot.
The trellis board has been glued to the front of the farmhouse wall, and the rods have been secured to the board by covering the ends with glue and pushing them into the soft wood. The horizontal wires were added after the glue on the rods had dried thoroughly. I bent the front ends of the rods into a hook shape to help secure the vines on the trellis.
Another use for espresso grind! The coffee makes perfect simulated potting soil. I heaped it up in the pot and it looks real - but sends out a definite caffeine-like aroma.
At last - and it is truly the last thing - the wisteria vine grows from the pot and climbs the farmhouse wall and looks just the way I envisioned it from the early days of planning the French farmhouse.
As you may notice from the above photo, I completed the interior of the farmhouse before adding the wisteria vine to the balcony, because I thought that the blossoming vine would be in the way when I added the furnishings and accessories to the rooms.
Now that you've actually arrived at their front door, Marcel and Lisbette would feel very inhospitable if they did not invite you into their home. Lisbette needs just a little time to tidy the rooms to her satisfaction before she's ready for visitors, so I hope that you won't mind a short wait under the wisteria vine. I promise that it won't take Lisbette too long to be ready to open the door to all her new acquaintances!
Te ha quedado bellísima la glicinia trepando por la fachada de la casa y la maceta es mucho más bonita en terracota que en negro!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pilar. I'm happy that you agree with me about the black pot. I like the terra cotta much better too. I had fun changing the color!Delete
It looks so beautiful and magical. Great job!!ReplyDelete
Hello Niele, and thank you for your nice comments. I don't see much wisteria in Nebraska, perhaps because of the cold winters, so I wasn't too sure about what I was trying to make!Delete
How lovely! a beautiful wisteria that smells like coffee...I wish I could get one of those in real life! You did a fantastic job of the wisteria and it looks perfect in front of the house in that great pot. You terra cotta finish is perfect. I can't wait to be invited in. It it such a wonderful property!
I enjoyed reading your comments. I, too, would like to have a coffee-scented wisteria plant just outside my door. At least I can get a whiff of that aroma every time I pass by the French farmhouse, although I think I'll need to refresh that ground coffee from time to time!
your wisteria beautifully climbs the wall, I think this house needed exactly a plant like this one.
Thank you, Magda. I appreciate your very nice comment about the wisteria.Delete
I love your wisteria it is gorgeous. The perfect plant for the house. Your terra cotta pot pot is wonderful. I am looking forward to the tour.ReplyDelete
Thanks for such nice words about the wisteria for the farmhouse. I'm happy to know that you'll be taking the tour of the house next week. Welcome!
JOB WELL DONE!!!! I love this finishing touch Marjorie and the wisteria vine is the perfect choice! I found myself learning a lot about life on a French Farm and all the whys and wherefores regarding their daily living, which is one of the reasons that I always enjoy visiting here! :D So please tell Lisbette as she gets ready to receive, that I am more than content to patiently wait here under the wisteria vine.ReplyDelete
p.s. I hope that she will be serving coffee....?
Thank you for such nice words. I enjoyed all the various research that I did while building the French farmhouse. I learned many new things, but only just realized when I read your comments that I don't know whether Lisbette will be able to serve coffee! (We know that she likes to plant her wisteria in coffee, but does she actually serve it to her guests?) Research, more research! But Lisbette is good at flaunting tradition; if she decides to serve coffee, will we know whether it's bonafide, historically approved coffee? Will we care, after this long wait under the wisteria?