Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
There is a heady fragrance in the garden today, accentuated by the gentle breeze that has taken the edge off the heat. Often the fragrance catches you unawares, and it can take a few moments to work out what is responsible. Much of it comes from the roses, which are glorious this year, but honeysuckle of various varieties is aiding and abetting the intoxication. There is native honeysuckle in the hedge but this is not flowering yet; however, when it does, it captivates your olfactory organs the moment you exit the back door, especially in the evening when the scent is at its heaviest. Our neighbour on the other side also planted a pair of honeysuckle over an arch a year ago and this has recently thrown me on my rambles, as I am not used to seeing or sensing plant pleasures on that side of the fence.
Not surprisingly, all my honeysuckle are labelled, but the labels are mostly buried under leaf litter at the base. I know the one above is ‘Graham Thomas’, and these other two are something fairly ordinary. The last of the three was smothered in aphids at this time last year, covering both buds and leaves, so I cut it right back to the ground; this year, however, it is completely healthy and, like the others, is flowering better than it ever has done before.
The roses are very much fragrant ‘eye candy’ too, but will no doubt have a post of their own sometime, so the last three of my Saturday Six are some of those excitingly mysterious clematis again. I now have identities for two more of them: ‘Diamond Ball’ and ‘Sea Breeze’, the first of which is particularly lovely. And, good news! The frost-affected clematis that I cut completely back is re-sprouting, which (bad news!) Mr Slug or Mr Snail has also noticed and been to have a closer look at…grrr! Meanwhile, I have been rambling with intent, beginning to establish where I will plant the mystery-solved clematis in due course.
These are my six, and I shall now pop over to Jon the Propagator’s blog where he shares his own six and hosts link to many others – perhaps you could do the same.