When Robert and I decided to head south the weather wasn’t the best.
It was questionable if we could leave with our RV because the road was still muddy after days of rain.
But like a gift from God, there was an opening…
Kind of like a silver lining…
The wind and temperatures worked together and we were able to pack up and leave our property on a new adventure.
Our travels took us just a few hours away leading us down HWY 80, where we were greeted by rows of wisteria.
Which I now refer as, wisteria lane…
I love wisteria, it’s mystical and remember it growing in my grandmother’s garden along the fence line.
As we drove down HWY 80, between Marshall and Waskom, Texas – we were greeted with endless patches of wisteria.
I looked over at Robert and smiled…
No words were necessary to express the peace I felt as we headed towards our destination.
Wisteria is a plant with an amazing immunity. Some might even say, “It grows like a weed.”
It has the ability to flourish in the wild and in a contained setting with seasonal trims.
I like both, contained like this bush and wild along the highway. Each display offers a graceful sense of peace and strength.
Peace is a beautiful thing and I’m reminded that too many times we seek this feeling in all the wrong places.
Wild wisteria on the other hand has a mind of its own.
It has the courage to trail in all directions by reaching out, upwards and beyond.
It wraps around pine trees and sweeps through green shrubbery, reminding us, life without grace can be draining…
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
In the mix of these beautiful flowers, let’s direct our attention towards those vines.
They weave in all directions and this might surprise you but they offer some neat possibilities for natural crafting.
Years ago, before kids I had my own dried flower business and I remember gathering wisteria vines to make wreaths.
These vines became a unique base for dried flowers and were a hit at craft shows where I sold my creations.
The best time of year to prune wisteria vines is in January/February and again in July/August.
If wisteria is growing in your garden don’t overlook what this plant has to offer for crafting…
We continued driving and a couple days later we went back so I could take photos.
When I stepped outside, that wisteria scent captured a stronger sense of peace.
It was heavenly friends, a sweet reminder that God’s blessings are all around us if we choose to see them.
Driving down HWY 80 was a beautiful gift and the best time of year to experience this beauty would be the middle of March…
Our journey was part of that silver lining…
A reminder that no matter what, God is always in control and he is waiting to give you peace…
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West