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Pardon me while I lean out the window and cut some flowers!

by habituallychic

04 . 29 . 09

I was trying to work on my last two Kips Bay Decorator Show House posts but quite frankly, I’m too tired to finish them. But I know how much everyone loves opening their Habitually Chic email in the morning so I am leaving you with this amazing townhouse that I walked by today. The beautiful floral smell was wafting down the street and I was in awe that they were climbing up to the roof! I have never seen anything like it! At first I thought they were lilacs but further research has led me to think that it’s wisteria. I definitely think I will picking up a bouquet of flowers for my apartment tomorrow. Albeit on a much smaller scale! Enjoy!

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  1. Pigtown-Design April 29, 2009 | 3:01 am

    Wisteria! I just noticed that it’s out here, too. It’s amazing that it climbed up the front of that house. How cool!

  2. A Gift Wrapped Life April 29, 2009 | 3:32 am

    Well, we should go see ourselves…..though you have been an excellant quide, thanks so nuch taking th time to send the photos you did….really missed seeing it this year. your blog helped ease my disappointment. well noticed and appreciated.

  3. Style Redux 2 April 29, 2009 | 4:17 am

    You are correct-it is Wisteria. Wisteria is a vine and can reach 40 feet. Lilac is a shrub. Wisteria in bloom is one of the prettiest sights anywhere.

  4. Anonymous April 29, 2009 | 4:19 am

    It’s owned by an architect friend of mine!

  5. maison21 April 29, 2009 | 5:10 am

    pretty nifty.

  6. Suzy April 29, 2009 | 5:18 am

    How gorgeous!

  7. Sanity Fair April 29, 2009 | 5:19 am

    Beautiful! I adore wisteria. I was in the countryside the other day, and it was growing up wild through the trees. Heaven!

  8. Betsy Head, Affordable Interior Design April 29, 2009 | 5:44 am

    Can’t wait to read about Kips Bay!


  9. vicki archer April 29, 2009 | 6:20 am

    Wisteria is gorgeous and has such a distinctive perfume – what an incredible vine they have. Enjoy those beautiful blooms because they never last long – but then that is what makes wisteria so lovely. xv.

  10. Laura April 29, 2009 | 10:43 am

    I know this house. I used to live on 11th between 5th & 6th. It’s somewhere in the neighborhood, isn’t it. I loved it then and consequently tried to grow it on an arbor at my house in Connecticut. Unfortunately mine never bloomed. I was told that the roots cannot be planted too deep.
    Oh well – I’ll just steal your photo for my desktop! Have a good one!

  11. Irina April 29, 2009 | 11:03 am

    I immediately thought the place belonged to a creative person. Very pretty!

  12. Anonymous April 29, 2009 | 2:28 pm

    I used to live in Carnegie Hill (92nd)
    and there was tons of wisteria growing in peoples backyards…it was dripping from everywhere. so fragrant and beautiful.

  13. AlwaysMe April 29, 2009 | 2:34 pm

    You are right – I do look forward to opening the Habitually Chic post in the morning. Thank you for taking the time to do it even when you were tired. Your loyal fans appreciate your dedication. Enjoy your spring day in NY!

  14. High-Heeled Foot in the door April 29, 2009 | 2:41 pm

    So pretty. I love wisteria. That shot of purple is so amazing. I have something similar growing on a tree on my neighbors property that goes over my driveway and almost hits my bedroom window.

    I tell you I was very tempted yesterday to try and lean out and grab a couple of branches.

  15. mary April 29, 2009 | 2:46 pm

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks for the flowers and for making my morning brighter.

  16. Habitually Chic April 29, 2009 | 3:12 pm

    Pigtown – I’ve never seen Wisteria before in NYC. It was amazing!

    A Gift Wrapped Life – I hope as many people as possible see the show house!

    Style Redux 2 – it smelled a little like Lilacs at first and I’ve never seen Wisteria in the city. Such a goreous sight and smell!

    Anonymous – hoe fun that you get to see the inside too! I’m jealous!

    Maison21 – maybe we’ll have to buy you some Wisteria for your house!

    Suzy – I stood their just taking it all in for a while!

    Sanity Fair – I grew up with every other flower, tree and bush except Wisteria! So weird!

    Betsy – new post is up!

    Vicki – I’m so glad I got to see them in all their glory then!

    Laura – this house was on West 21st Street but I’m sure there must be others. I’m going to have to take another walk and look for more!

    Irina – so funny!

    Anonymous – I miss having outdoor space! I bet it was fabulous!

    Always Me – you are very welcome!

    High-Heeled Foot in the Door – I don’t blame you! Just be careful if you decide to go for it!

    Mary – have a wonderful day!

  17. Mujerluminosa April 29, 2009 | 3:44 pm

    Wisteria indeed! We have lots of these vines in Brooklyn. We had one that swirled itself around a neighbor’s old tree, alas the tree died and was cut down and so went the wisteria. In addition to the smell, when it is windy it is like lilac- colored snow on a spring day. Thanks for the lovely photo – and the wonderful Kip’s Bay updates.

  18. Renee Finberg April 30, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    that is so very beautiful.
    i have never seen wisteria in nyc, i don’t think.
    xx thank you.

  19. Anonymous May 7, 2009 | 8:03 pm

    This Alabama gal remembers the birth of two of her children, when the wisteria blooms. Without fail for the last 30 years, the trees are dripping with purple blossoms the last week of March. What was I thinking for not naming my daughter Wisteria? Not a chance, but she will forever hear the story of that close call.