Greenbelt

Wild Flower of the Month: Honeysuckle

Perhaps it’s because, once upon a time, Honeysuckle was closely linked to fascinating superstitions that we still hold it in such high regard.

For example, it was believed that if honeysuckle was planted around the entrance of a doorway, it could prevent witches from entering your home!

Today, we’d like to think it’s more likely to stop cold-calling salespeople wandering up the garden path.

It comes in two types. As climbing plants, their highly perfumed flowers can be spotted draped over fences, while the evergreen shrub forms wonderful hedging.

They can thrive in full sunlight or partial shade and seem impervious to most pests – especially cold callers.

With a flowering period from June and right through September, now is a great time to spy this lovely bloom.