This is the Gorgon, a Wisteria that had been a deck-eater and was moved to a place in the lawn. She would not refrain from trying to take over the yard so I finally decided to permanently remove her, or as permanently as it is possible to remove a really rampant vine. She did flower but only briefly in the spring, which was not worth having to cut her back every fall. If you want to see what one can grow into, visit the Bishop's Close garden in Portland, OR to see a very large Wisteria forming an outdoor room on a very large iron trellis.
Today I also managed to get the clean-up started on my front door blog photo-feature bed. First I removed some dead branches and twigs from the weeping cutleaf Japanese Maple. I pruned the dead growth off the tree peonies. I removed some dead geranium growth from last year. Then I cut off the Miscanthus grass clumps with my folding saw. It has an advantage over a lopper or pruner since I can grab a whole clump and start sawing away, and don't have to do multiple cuts to reach each grass stalk. Usually this should be done in February but it was difficult since it was so cold and wet, but I didn't see much in the way of new growth yet anyway. This bed was supposed to be a variegated bed. The grass is also known as Zebra grass since it has stripes across the blades. Variegated Hebe speciosa variegata proved too tender for here and was lost; a shame since it was a beautiful plant. A variegated Wallflower also did not last. Lonicera nitida Lemon Beauty is still there. The wonderful species Tulipa praestans unicum makes a dependable appearance now with variegated leaves and gorgeous red flowers. Vinca major 'Variegata' is nicely variegated but can be quite the garden thug. I have to balance that off with its ability to overcome weeds. I prefer the Vinca minor 'Illumination' which stays very low to the ground, and is very lovely in bloom, pictured in my July 31, 2010 post, along with Tulipa praestans unicum.
Favorite perennial to collect is probably Pulmonaria, which are now coming into their full glory. In addition to having a wide range of flower colors, leaf shapes, and silvery spots and patterns, they have the ability to self-sow, and hybridize to yield all sorts of new adorable seedlings. Cute, huh?