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White flowering wisteria

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Noticed this pretty wisteria which is a sort of off white in colour, while driving through one of the villages en route back to the hospital yesterday.
Not gardening, but the image of John Harrison on the Barrow upon Humber sign has caught my eye many times..he moved to the village aged 5, around 1698.
A carpenter, self taught clockmaker who revolutionised navigation by inventing a portable clock that could calculate longitude at sea. He also designed precision long case clocks that were the most accurate in the world.

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Interesting information Kate .
The wisteria has some age and is spectacular , I must admit I still prefer the purple for colour ...

4 Jun, 2021

 

The Georgian government of the day offered a reward for the invention of a sea going chronometer to solve the longitude problem. They never paid but took his invention. Sounds familiar doesn't it.
There was a docu drama about him some years ago [2000-ish]. I think it was just called Longitude. Mentions his life and that of the chap who rebuilt it. I remember thinking it was very good and of course not many people in our area knew about it.

There is a museum in Barton on Humber to him and the original or maybe a replica is in Grenwich maritime museum. It is an amazing device.

and of course the wisteria is just amazing.

4 Jun, 2021

 

There's a book by Sobel that tells the whole story of histhe discovery of how to measure longitude(the film was based on it). I just had a look for it but perhaps I got it from the library. Well worth reading if you found the film interesting. I hadn't heard of the museum - sounds a very interesting place to visit!
(And the wisteria was nice too...)

4 Jun, 2021

 

I do like a nice white wisteria and that's a beauty.
I was just reading about the first Stephenson (of locomotive fame) and he was self-taught, too. There's 2 self-taught geniuses within the space of a century or so.

4 Jun, 2021

 

The Longitude film about John Harrison was very good. There is an interesting exhibition about his work in the Maritime Museum at Greenwich too.

4 Jun, 2021

 

We have it on DVD, it was a two part-er on TV originally. Michael Gambon plays John Harrison.

4 Jun, 2021

 

That's interesting, and I've never seen a white Wisteria before either :)

4 Jun, 2021

 

Me neither, I"ve never seen a white one. It's breathtaking. I'm astounded that somebody could invent a device with such acute accuracy.

5 Jun, 2021

 

Thank you everyone, for your lovely comments and also all the really interesting additional info...I shall be looking at the book and the film!!!!
It’s amazing how some people, especially historically, have/had such amazing ideas and aptitude! Such wonderfully clever people.

5 Jun, 2021

 

Absolutely Kate! Just remembered ... I had a standard white wisteria in our old garden ... lovely scent too.

Thanks for an interesting blog 🙂.

5 Jun, 2021

 

I enjoyed the programs Longitude on TV. Thank you for reminding me about it, I'd forgotten the name, John Harrison, of course. Nice to have these informative programs on telly sometimes. The white Wisteria is beautiful. I haven't seen any white ones growing in Godalming, Surrey.

7 Jun, 2021

 

Thanks Sheila! It was lovely to see, I do like the purple one too..both very pretty aren’t they!
Just shows sometimes we forget things we used to grow in the garden until..a pic pops up somewhere else!😊

7 Jun, 2021

 

Thanks for your message, Josee. I will definitely be looking this one out on my days off..I must follow up on this!
I think the white ones aren’t maybe as popular as the purple?

7 Jun, 2021

 

Wow! thats what I call a Wisteria. I have one ( a white one) on the front of house which is north facing its got one miserable little flower this year, however, its never been pruned properly this last few years just hacked back, our fault we are just too old and infirm for these type of jobs so we are going to get our son to cut it right down and just leave the rose which is growing with it.

10 Jun, 2021

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