For some time now I have been meaning to talk about our Evergreen Honeysuckle which is in in our Cheshire garden.
Having lived in Aberdeen for an extremely long time we had never seen an Evergreen Honeysuckle, well I had seen them in the garden centres, but that’s not an indication that they thrive in the area.
To tell you the truth, when we first arrived at our new house in Cheshire, this evergreen climber interested us, and we had actually made up our minds that it was the Winter flowering evergreen Clematis.
Confirmation of this came about when a blog post in January from Helene of Graphicality uk talked of and showed pictures of Clematis Armandii.
The lack of flower buds on our Clematis brought us to the conclusion that the previous house owner had pruned it in Autumn, and therefore had cut away the shoots that may have produced buds (duh).
Come Spring, low and behold, flower buds started to appear, but they were sort of in clusters.
No way was this a clematis, it soon became clear that our climber was in fact an evergreen form of Honeysuckle.
I wont go through my usual format of plant profile with this one, well its obvious that I don’t have the knowledge
Anyway, it is indeed Honeysuckle (Lonicera Henryi)
This one covers a fair sized area climbing up a fence beside our kitchen window, as you can see in the first picture.
The lower stems are massive and give the impression that it has been here since the house was built in 1982.
The elongated leaves are a dark green, and quite attractive, with a leathery feel and appearance to them.
The flower buds developed through June, and to be quite honest looked at their best before they actually opened.
When they did open in early July they were, to be kind, rather insignificant, quite unlike the appearance of many of the deciduous forms, and although it is said to be fragrant, Myra or myself did not pick up on it.
Well that’s about all I have to say regarding our climbing Honeysuckle, which I should say, with its evergreen leaves, does add some interest to the Winter garden.
Spring and Summer has been very pleasant here in Cheshire. The warmer weather has been to our liking although it has been harder to sleep with the night temperatures being higher than we are used to.
The back garden has filled out nicely, very little of the original plants left.
The pictures below give an idea as to how the garden is looking at the moment.
In our first Summer here in Cheshire East I didn’t expect to be quite so pleased with the garden. However, we need! more plants so don’t be surprised if in my next post, very little of the lawn remains.
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