Six on Saturday; ah Honey Honey

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.

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15 Responses to Six on Saturday; ah Honey Honey

  1. The first, multi petaled, Clematis looks amazing! I have several Honeysuckle as well – by chance and unlabeled, one type has white flowers and the other pink. One type is native and the other not. I’m told both are invasive and I must get rid of them! Let me think about that………… …..

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, who has been telling you to get rid of them, I wonder? A rampantly growing plant doesn’t necessarily make it invasive

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Interesting colours in the honeysuckle!

  3. Your honey suckle look nice and healthy. Mine are just woody stems with curled leaves. What’s your secret?

  4. My honeysuckle is covered with aphids this year, so thank you for that tip.

    • Cathy says:

      MIne is inevitably a shorter plant this year, but with lots of bushy and fresh low growth – and works well like this in the position it is in. Cutting it back should rejuvenate any honeysuckle though, with or without aphids!

  5. Heyjude says:

    My honeysuckles seem reluctant to flower at all! I am hoping this warm weather will buck their ideas up. And those clematis are perfect.

    • Cathy says:

      My honesuckle can often be hit and miss, but this year they are gorgeous. Cutting the aphid infested one back has really rejuvenated it, so perhaps I should do that with others too

  6. cavershamjj says:

    you have been lucky with your mystery clematis! so far i have a fairly ordinary ‘rebecca’ of which i already have 2 or 3; one that i may have killed by planting it behind a big clump of helenium, so it is in full shade while still small; and one i haven’t planted yet. jealous!

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, I am so sorry to hear that, Jon. I did buy 8 altogether, so more chance of variation I suppose but still possible to have some duplicates – so far I am greatly relieved mine were not all C montanas! Hopefully your potential corpse will rise again, and your third one will bring a pleasant surprise

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Honeysuckles rock! They are not popular here, but the most common is the ‘Hall’s’ Japanese honeysuckle, which happens to be my favorite.

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