Thursday, June 13, 2013


 Yes, wisteria can be beautiful. The vines are soft, the leaves graceful, the lavender or white flowers breathtaking as they fall like grape clusters from their branches, swaying loose in a strong breeze.

But I've spent years clearing wisteria from my yard. It's a weed. It kills trees. The roots travel underground for many yards, popping up to entwine and strangle azaleas, maples, and any other plant in its way.

The same plant. Antagonist and protagonist. Lovely yet hated. Admired. Challenging.

Either way, the impact needs to be dramatic . . . and a beauty to behold.


Sioux Roslawski said...

I am reading Joe Hill's newest novel, and it's beautiful and horrifying at the same time. It certainly won't damage any plants or trees, but my psyche...that's another story.

Unknown said...

Hi Hope. Image my surprise when I saw your blog post on wisteria. I love how you compared it to protagonists and antagonists. I hope the characters in my novel come across to readers to be as challenging and as beautiful as the wisteria on my back porch.

Hope Clark said...

I was hoping you wouldn't mind, Georgeann. Thanks.

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Janet Hartman said...

Wisteria takes me back. The house I grew up in had a natural wood trellis shaped like a covered bridge over the path to the back door. Wisteria twined all over it so it looked like a grape arbor. A weed can turn out to be beautiful. A twist in a novel can transform a character.