I have officially succumbed to Wisteria Hysteria!
(hɪˈstɪərɪə/) noun – uncontrollable emotion or excitement relating to a climbing shrub with hanging clusters of beautiful fragrant flowers.
I don’t know about you, but London in bloom is one of my favourite times of year. Spring took a while to make an appearance this year, but if you ask me, it was definitely worth the wait to see the city filling up with wisteria in the sunshine.
More often than not we are fraught with gloomy clouds and grey skies here, but when London wants to show off, it certainly shows off and spring is the perfect example of this; daffodils, magnolia, cherry blossom and stunning wisteria – what’s there not to love?
Get ready to see lots more polka dots on my feed because a) I’m obsessed with this dress from @pinkcloveuk and b) Jass and I went on a spontaneous walk around Chelsea yesterday in search of wisteria and I didn’t bring a second outfit to get changed into for the photos! ? Seriously though, how do fashion bloggers do it?! On a side note, this is the straw bag I bought last week – such a blogger cliché, I know! ..but if you’re also after the same bag *everyone* on instagram has, I’ve linked it in my story! ? . ? @jassv__ #NishiV #WisteriaHysteria #TopshopStyle #PinkCloveStyle
You can often smell wisteria before you see it; it has that unmistakable scent of spring.. just be careful about getting to close as I found out (the hard way) that bees love to reside in it – I’ll spare you the
hilarious unflattering photo of this discovery.
Unfortunately wisteria only blooms for a short period of time (usually around three or four weeks) and if you’re lucky enough to catch it on a sunny day, it makes for some of the prettiest photos of London. You only have to search the popular hashtag #wisteriahysteria to see what I mean and why it’s an Instagrammer’s dream!
There’s no denying that I’ve completely fallen for the hype too, I mean it’s just so hard to resist taking photos of the purple blooms.. But where can you find some of the best wisteria in Chelsea?
Brace yourself for purple overload…
SELWOOD PLACE, SW7
SUMNER PLACE, SW7
ELM PLACE, SW7
PARK WALK, SW10
This house actually has a sign outside it saying ‘please feel free to take photos’ as it’s been featured in publications worldwide for it’s wisteria. I can see why, and I guess the owners figured that they might as well allow it as there was a constant queue of people waiting to take that perfect shot ‘for the gram’ outside anyway!
PRIORY WALK, SW10
LAMONT ROAD, SW10
Happy Sunday! What are you up to today? I’m spending the day writing blog posts and editing videos ? . Speaking of which, a new weekly vlog is now live on my channel; pre birthday celebrations for @jassv__ with the family, a picnic at @BletchleyParkUK, fancy coffees at @FarmGirlCafe and walking around Chelsea looking for wisteria! Link in bio ?. ? @jassv__ #NishiV #NewVideoAlert #WisteriaHysteria #BletchleyPark
I hope you found this post somewhat helpful and inspiring. I know that there are so many more instagrammable spots in Chelsea that I’ve missed off the list, but I’d love to know where your favourite locations are?
Some other places to see wisteria in London are:
Bedford Square Gardens
St. Leonard’s Terrace
And of course, the current blogger fave hangout; Saint Aymes for the fake (but equally pretty) wisteria!
Obviously I’m always on the lookout for pretty places for a photo op, so please feel free to share yours in the comments below.
I filmed an updated video to this post here, or you can watch it down below.