There is much to be said for cherry blossoms, but they seem so flighty. They are so quick to run off and leave you. And then just when your regrets are the strongest the wisteria comes into bloom, and it blooms on into the summer. There is nothing quite like it. So while the sun is shining bright in London, everyone is outdoors for hunting treasure. While some hunt the treasure of the shining sun, some hunt for the evanescent flowers in full bloom and glory. Such was the hysteria for the hunt for wisteria that we set off for a full day of treasure hunt in various locations in London to spot the most gorgeous and imposing collection of these lovely lavender blue beauties.
Our first spot in the itinerary for treasure hunting wisteria in London was the St. Leonard’s Terrace in Chelsea. The famous road in London where the celebrated author of Dracula, Bram Stoker used to live. Not sure if Dracula would have preferred or not to live on simply staring at lovely lavender coloured wisteria flowers instead of blood, but perhaps Bram Stoker derived enough inspiration from these lovely lilacs.
The dearer they become, the higher they got it seems and the protective the owners become of the houses where many of the wisterias were holding onto. St. Leonard’s Place turned out to be rather quiet as the wisterias appeared rather sparse. Not disheartened, we continued to discover other treasures in the vicinity in the backdrop of idyllic whitewashed walls with cosy doors and windows. As if while hunting for wisteria, we got transported magically into a remote Mediterranean Greek island.
Our next hop to discover the wisteria pops was in Kynance Mews in South Kensington. Blame it on botany but the wisteria needs support to grow and expand. Eagerly clinging on to the exterior of the houses, they were found engaged in mild conversations with the mild sunshine in London.
Keep in mind that these wisterias were all spotted and photographed in the front yards and facades of people’s homes. No surprise that a steady supply of instagrammers and general tourists kept the private alleys abuzz all day long to get the coveted purple photos with the wisteria. Some homeowners do get rather rude and annoyed having seen the magic pull of the wisteria crazy crowd outside their doorsteps.
From Kynance Mews we went to look for our final stop of the treasure hunt and that was at Lansdowne Crescent in Notting Hill. We certainly got carried away in our treasure hunt so much so that we got lost even though we ourselves are Londoners! We somehow got back to our intended route thanks to Google Maps and after an arduous hour long walk through the pristine neighbourhoods of Notting Hill, we finally arrived in front of our final wisteria treasure in front of a Victorian House at Lansdowne Crescent in Holland Park. Good that we took the detour, we spotted some more wisteria-garnished houses in Notting Hill while walking through the Hillsleigh Road, Campden Hills Square and many more streets.
The hysteria with hunting wisteria not only delights the photo hunters with the lovely lavender hue but also the fragrance fills up the senses with peace and purity. We learnt to enjoy what is scarce and transient in life and in London. The sunshine is certainly one of them, and the other one is obviously the wisteria.
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