This week's bouquet is a small nosegay because we have had drought conditions here and many of the flowers have died out early. I have picked out the honeysuckle to talk about.
A honeysuckle vine tolerated the drought conditions quite well. It is easy to grow, vigorous and nearly indestructible. All honeysuckle vines prefer full sun, but they will tolerate some partial shade. A honeysuckle is a plant that can range from a vine to a shrub. There are around one hundred eighty different varieties of honeysuckle. Some of them are deciduous and some are evergreen. A honeysuckle plant is most desired for its sweetly scented flowers, which are generally trumpet shaped, as well as for their decorative fruit, which will attract birds. The beautiful blooms appear in late winter to early spring and will last until long into the summer months. The flower color will range from white to yellow to bright red or rose, or in this case, orange. Once thought of as a nuisance because of its ability to spread, has gained recent popularity.
My kids love to sit under the shade of the honeysuckle vine and breathe in its sweet smell and occasionally pluck the flowers and nip off the bottom tip and suck out the drop of nectar within.
Sweet summer days.
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