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Honeysuckle [Jun. 30th, 2010|09:25 am]
Tony Grist
I needn't have worried about the honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is hardy. Having been cut back from the wall by the workmen earlier this year, it has taken off in the other direction with renewed vigour, using the holly trees as a climbing frame. There's not enough of it to create a cloud of scent- there never was- but if you stand around in the backyard you keep getting wafts of it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-30 09:57 am (UTC)
It is the one plant in my garden that really benefits from a good prune! You definitely need more than one plant to get the scent cloud - I have three, with different-coloured flowers, which are growing into each other and the smell is lovely (bordering on a bit over-powering).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-30 11:24 am (UTC)
So the hacking about it received this spring was probably good for it. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-30 03:29 pm (UTC)
absolutely! mine will be getting a hack in the autumn!!
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[User Picture]From: silverhawkdruid
2010-06-30 10:42 am (UTC)
My neighbour planted honeysuckle and it overflows into my back garden, much to my delight! It smells glorious out there. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-30 11:27 am (UTC)
That's a nice gift.

My honeysuckle started life- a long time ago- as a cutting from a girl friend's garden.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-06-30 03:27 pm (UTC)
Cutting back a honeysuckle only makes it grow more vigorously. I have a huge one on a fence and in the evenings the scent is all over the garden. We also have a Night Jessamine that is overpoweringly perfumed. I love the floral scents as much as I do the flowers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-30 05:22 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Honeysuckle isn't all that much to look at, but the scent is fabulous. When we first moved here (I wasn't with Ailz then) I insisted we brought a cutting from my girlfriend's former garden.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2010-06-30 06:51 pm (UTC)
Our summer house is in an area where honeysuckle grows rampant in gardens as well as in the forest. I think we have about a dozen in the garden, though only one of them is really large (2 meters tall, 2 meters wide and a meter deep at the fullest point). And it's just coming into bloom, so I'm really looking forward to the scent of the flowers on a day with blazing sunshine and no wind...

I suspect it will need a rather rude cutting-down in autumn, though, as it seems rather unbalanced. Must remember to take cuttings from it and see how they fare.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-01 08:27 am (UTC)
Lovely.

Our honeysuckle was planted as a cutting 24 years ago. It's not in a brilliant position- it gets very little sun- and it's only now beginning to come into its own.
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