Anyone who loves romance, royalty, and Japan, should read this book at least once in their lives.
Just the name “wisteria” evokes “wistfulness” and “hysteria” , two very contrary meanings. I often wondered how a wisteria flower would look like. Would it bring out wistfulness or hysteria in me?
When my husband and I went to Italy, we were surprised to see a whole wall of wisteria blossoms! They looked like tiny dainty grapes dripping over their vines.
When we visited the Lourdes Villa in Baguio, we were surprised to see the first blossom of the same plant. So a wisteria can blossom in Baguio! While the jade flowers looked like an aquamarine boar teeth strung into a necklace, the wisteria, the first wisteria blossom, we heard, was still shyly trying to see whether it could survive in this new place. The Owner told us that he got this plant from seeds he bought during his trip to New Zealand.
There are wisteria plants that grow in the lowlands. A farm in Teresa, Rizal sells wisteria plants, but their flowers do not have the delicate quality of the first wisteria blossom I saw in Lourdes Baguio.
I’ll be happy to see how the wisteria plant at the Lourdes Villa is getting along, when I visit it again this time next year.