In Praise of Honeysuckle

When I go out onto our raised deck I am hit with the perfume of Spring.

Honeysuckle has always been in this garden since we moved in. It was just a small evergreen vine with leaves. I even confused it with a native plant until it got more water and care and took off with carefree abandon. It lives a rich life in the edge world of our lower garden, west side of the house and the deck. 

The last two years it has reached new heights. The top of our deck. This past year I have encouraged it so that it provides a nice wind break from summer easterlies, an additional shelter and support for the grape vine and delights us with its perfume and when pruned – which is frequently – is a tasty treat for the rabbits and guinea pigs.

petitparadis honeysuckle

After observing its growth and  experimenting with its uses I am also keen to get some propagated to use as a living mulch at Tillellen. I would rather a battle with Honeysuckle getting out of hand than the Madiera Vine which covered nearly the entire back half of the block before the  trees were cut down and mulched. Madiera Vine still has a strong presence in the garden, popping up in different spots. I know it is also an edible, though we have not had it in the kitchen yet. If I try it and like it, we may just eat it to extinction from our garden!

But given its usefulness, plants like Honeysuckle are pretty much kept in check. Especially when they are a handy addition to the diet of our animals. Plus we collect the blossoms from time to time and put them in salads, green tea or a herbal tisane.

 

3 thoughts on “In Praise of Honeysuckle

  1. That is cool that you appreciate it. It is not colorful enough for most garden enthusiasts. There are other honeysuckles out there that I do not quite understand. I mean, I do not know why they are popular. I would like to try the common red honeysuckle just to see what is so cool about them, but they are not fragrant. Your honeysuckle is my favorite so far. I like to cut it back after winter and let it come back fresh, but it blooms better if not cut back so much. It happens to fit nicely into landscapes that look more naturalized.

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    • Its greater appeal Tony is that it has multiple uses and several characteristics that are appealing and/or handy to us. This gives the Honeysuckle a good crack at being a handy Permaculture plant for us. Not only in our current garden and location, but also in the new garden where it will possibly fill other uses for us that we are not yet aware of.

      Thank you for your input Tony. Much appreciated and always interesting. J

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