9. Fall 2012

9. Fall 2012

The two main branches of the wisteria are now supporting themselves upon the center rear post. They were tended and pruned for two years in place before the pergola was built. At the end of this growing season they will be severely pruned again, probably to a single strand each. One will grow to the right and the other to the left.

The wisteria is a Wisteria floribunda 'Marcobotrys'. It ought to have 24 - 36" racemes of mauve, purple or white flowers. I hope they will be white flowers.

When we lived in Seattle we discovered that we were living directly across from one of Seattle's forgotten treasures, the Kubota Gardens. The Kubotas operated a successful landscaping business before World War II. During the war they were removed to an internment camp like so many other Japanese-Americans. Unlike many of their peers their property was held for them, not stolen, and was returned to them after the war. When we found it in a state of disrepair it was still spectacularly beautiful. There were many specimen trees, stone and red enamel wooden bridges over rock-edged ponds and a waterfall. Needless to say, there was a beautiful wisteria with white flowers on three foot racemes.

Having lived across the street from it for at least six months with no idea that it was there, we took a walk around a shrubby, wooded several blocks. On the return leg we found a gravel road that went directly into the woods. We walked down it and found to our surprise a stone bench. Another dozen steps on this foggy Seattle morning we found ourselves above the waterfall looking down upon the garden in its splendor. It truly was a Brigadoon moment because we knew that we were quite close to our home, but what was this magical unknown place?

Since then the City of Seattle has taken over the care of the Kubota Gardens and we can only hope that some of its magic reveals itself to even a few of its visitors as it so generously did to us.