I planted these honeysuckle plants three years ago in an attempt to cover up a not so lovely fence. They have to compete with a tall pine tree for water and up until now they were not all that happy. This year, for whatever reason, they seem to have decided that they like their home, have stopped sulking and have taken off.

Happy honeysuckle is such a perfect plant. It fills up large spaces with its beautiful flowers and scent. It is also very romantic, having featured in many poems, often under the alias of “woodbine” its other common name. Not least of all in “The Banks of Doon” by Robert Burns:

“Oft hae I roved by bonnie Doon,

To see the rose and woodbine twine,

And ilk a bird sang o’ its love,

And fondly sae did I o’ mine”.

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