I confess I would never plant a wisteria in my own garden, however, I am blown away by its gorgeous, pendulous flowers. So, what would be better than to craft some of these blossoms in gumpaste? The real-life vine only graces us with flowers for what is seemingly just the bat of an eye (where I live it is for about four weeks in spring). Since I needed a stem or two to use as a model to pose for my project I knew when its blooms started to appear I would have to work fast to figure out how to form them into gumpaste flowers since they are not good candidates for cut flowers. This year I was ready and I asked my wonderful husband to come along to a public place where one was blooming to procure my specimen(s). I admit he was not crazy about being an accomplice (i.e. he positively didn’t want to go) with me absconding with a small stem or two. As a matter of fact, it took quite a bit of pleading (okay downright begging) on my part to get him to join me on this gumpasting caper. Why did I need a co-conspirator? Because I needed help in reaching the high stems growing on a tall arbor and if worse came to worse I really did not want to be arrested alone. (Actually, because the subject in question grows on our homeowner’s association’s property and we are dues-paying residents, we are technically partial owners of the plant, so it is debatable whether any criminal activity actually occurred.)
Having obtained my wisteria I spent the next two days completely spellbound with my special floral models. Here are some photographs showing my interpretation of the wisteria flowers in gumpaste. With my wisteria finished I decided combining them with some clematis (a personal favorite of mine) which turns out to be a match made in heaven on a cake (but not in real life).
If you want to make some wisteria flowers be prepared for the blooming season and get ready to work quickly. Take pictures and make any pertinent notes to help you remember the key features before the flower fades and the blooms start to shatter. Place the flower(s) in the refrigerator in-between gumpasting sessions to prolong its life. I suggest making at least one completed flower, bud and leaflet for future reference. Then you will be ready to make lots of the little buds in varying sizes as well as the open blossoms and leaflets to complete your project.
Depending on how tall your cake layer(s) are will determine how long and how many buds and flowers you will need to complete the flower cluster. I suggest you make many more buds and flowers than you think you will need as it takes quite few to produce a nice abundant cluster. At least for me it was totally worth the effort and the best news is this wisteria does not have a short shelf life as does the real McCoy.