I've complained about it often enough, having to prune it almost every time we are over there in France, but this time we actually saw it in bloom, the first time since it was planted way back in 2003! It's bloomed every year but this was the first time when our visit coincided. We knew it the moment we opened the car doors on arrival, late in the evening. The scent was almost overpowering.
It was planted in the hope that it - and a jasmine at the other end - would climb over a pergola to provide a shady spot for al fresco meals. Another wisteria - this one with white blooms - climbs up and around the upstairs bedroom window. These blooms come out a few days later than the purple wisteria and are a little smaller but the scent wafts into the bedroom when the window is open.
And lastly, the clematis we planted to grow through the chain link fence to provide a little more privacy was also in full bloom.