If Susan Orlean wrote a book about me, it might be called The Wisteria Thief. For days I eyed the purple flowers that were dripping from my neighbor Ben’s out-of-control vines. When the wild tendrils went rogue, wrapping themselves like a python around his front gate, I headed next door with a pair of clippers. Call it pruning.
Somehow I ended up with an armload of the world’s purplest purple. What to do with the flowers? There’s a reason most florists don’t stock Wisteria sinensis in their refrigerated cases. With delicate, suspended clusters of blossoms, this flowering vine is as fragile to transport as a crystal chandelier.
Luckily safety was one door over. At home, I went to work. Here are step-by-step instructions for arranging wisteria in a vase:
Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.
But after it’s clipped, it looks harmless…or is it?