Day 235: wild honeysuckle

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


There’s something a bit fey about wild honeysuckle (Lonicera periclumenum). Not merely that it’s the luscious woodbine of Oberon’s speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but rather a combination of factors, chiefly among which being that its fragrance is stronger at night, the better to attract long-tongued moths to its tubular flowers. That, and the fact that something quite so delicate seems to have no business knocking about in the scrubbier bits of the woods and field margins where it can most often be found, invariably spotlit by a sunbeam and rarely, out here in its element, beset by the hoards of aphids that afflict its more domesticated relatives in our gardens. 

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