We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Whenever I see or hear the word wisteria I am immediately catapulted back (a la Shelly Berman's game of Nostalgics) to The Hudson's Bay Company store in Winnipeg Manitoba circa 1970 and my great enjoyment watching the "Afternoon Tea Train To Wisteria Halt." It was a marvelous contraption conceived and built by Rowland Emett who built the machines for the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The "Train" is, I believe at the Ontario Science centre in Toronto.
All about Rowland here...http://www.mech.mcmaster.ca/~nyet/emett/
The Train here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ciQ8bPy2M
But the video doesn't do it justice.
I've been out pruning my fruit trees with my new little Giant Ladder. Since my orchard is on a slope, it was always a problem to use a standard step ladder. I would have to use concrete blocks to raise up the lower feet. It was a near-death experience on a 12' ladder.
We bought a home with a large pergola six months ago. When going through before buying it I noticed the pergola covered in wisteria was leaning severely. When we bought the house the wisteria was gone, had been cut. It had gotten so large it was pulling the pergola over. It was beautiful and blocked the sun to provide shade on an otherwise hot patio. It turns out it wasn't just the wisteria, over time the huge cedar posts had gotten weak contributing to the lean of the pergola. Wish the wisteria could have been saved. I have heard it can destroy buildings if not contained regularly.
To me Wisteria is a WEED, it is impossible to fully remove. The latest excrescences will be cut off at near ground level in a month or so and the stubs treated with full strength roundup or possibly an even more lethal weed killer in hopes of getting the roots. In an area I cleaned up about 10 yrs ago, it is now invading treetops of 20' trees with wisteria stems up to an inch in diameter.
I have also declared war on the nandina (about 1400 bushes pulled out of an acre) and cherry laurel, another weed.