Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sweet Nectar

Having a bad day? Get thee to the honeysuckle vines. Soak in those masses of pink and yellow flowers. Take in a whiff of their gentle fragrance.
The skinny little 'styles' that adorn the flowers offer a special treat. Pluck the flower, remove the style, place the base of the flower to your lips and be blessed with a drop of sweet nectar.
It's a throwback to my childhood but I must say... all these years later it still does a sweet job of cheering me up when life's pesky little problems are getting me down.

Honeysuckles grow in bush and vine form. Most are zones 4-8. This big monster of a vine ~ Lonicera 'Dropmore Scarlet' ~ drapes over my rickety porch, offering me a fabulous excuse not to repair it!


CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kate what gorgeous pictures of the Honeysuckle ! .. you are a Libra too .. so I know you feel the enjoyment of your garden deeply.
I had the same honeysuckle a few years ago but the aphids drove me NUTS ! haha .. I do miss it once in a while .. especially with seeing such pretty pictures like yours .. well done ! : )

Anonymous said...

Kate, I am interested in the honeysuckle vine shown in the top picture. Do you know the name for it and is the same as the one on your porch?

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

It's called Pink Lemonade. :)