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bodger

Project Honeysuckle.

Yesterday saw me make a start on a long term project that I've had in mind for a number of years.
I've always adored the sight and heavy scent of honeysuckle. We have several growing in our garden and the hedges and lanes around here abound with them. It's struck me when I've been out walking the dogs as to just how many different colours I've come across, of this rather underestimated plant.
The  project, I've started, is to take lots of cuttings of the various plants and to grow them on into full grown plants. I'm going to carefully catalogue each and every specimen, as to when and where they were collected and most importantly, what colour bloom they produced.
So yesterday for instance, my very first cuttings came from a plant growing wild in a hedgerow in the village of Morfa Nefyn, on the 'Pilgrims Path that leads towards the holy island of Bardsey. The flowers were a plain yellow and were devoid of any other colour.

There are some beautiful colour variations out there for me to collect and I'm warming to my task, I already have todays walk with the dog planned and it takes me past a plant which produces an almost a white flower.

As for the process of taking cuttings, it really couldn't be easier. All you do, is cut short length from the parent plant about four inches long. One that has leaves but doesn't lead to a blossom.
Then when you get home, there are several options. You can pop your finds into jars of water and wait for roots to form, or you can stick them straight into pots of damp potting compost.

One things for sure and that is that over the next few months, I'll be boring you rotten with updates on 'Project Honeysuckle' In the mean time, if you see any fantastic honeysuckles during your travels, I'd be delighted if you'd post your photos on this thread.
emsley

Very interesting  
I love honeysuckle and look forward to your findings  
(think I will be out taking cuttings from ours - once it stops raining )
Christine

I've not cut the back garden hedge where it overhangs the fence - not my hedge but have to do my side - as it's full of honeysuckle (and climbing nasturtiums). It's going to be a pain later in the year but it's marvelous at the moment.
olde9856

It is a wonderful plant, what a good idea. We used to have a coral coloured one in our hedge but it disappeared a couple of years ago, I do wish I had thought about taking cuttings!
bodger

We've got two or three honeysuckles in the garden that we've bought from garden centres over the years and they're fantastic right now but its the wild variations in the lanes that I find interesting.
I've looked at the website of a specialist grower and they have over thirty different varieties in their catalogue and some of them strike me as being pretty weird and in some cases, not particularly attractive.

Here you go.

http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/h_s.html
ClaireK

I will be following this one closely, i have 1 honeysuckle in my garden and you have persuaded me to take a couple of cuttings and see if i can 're-locate' bits of it round my garden

Claire
Toddy

It's a thing around here to grow the honeysuckle up a rowan or a hazel or blackthorn.
It coils and binds in, and the sticks grow barley twisted. They make beautiful walking sticks and staffs.

I have five honeysuckles in the garden. All wild, all heavily scented but all pink with yellow or white insides. I'm fond of them and generally just let them grow in peace, though I cut out dead wood and weave in the long stretching new shoots every Autumn. The little birds love them.

M
Dave C

Re: Project Honeysuckle.

bodger wrote:


One things for sure and that is that over the next few months, I'll be boring you rotten with updates on 'Project Honeysuckle' In the mean time, if you see any fantastic honeysuckles during your travels, I'd be delighted if you'd post your photos on this thread.



That's nothing John I've been boring everyone for years with "Project Table Bird"  

What a good idea, everyone love honeysuckle  

We had 2 in our front garden when we moved into our house over 15 years ago, every thing came out when I built a wall round but I moved the honeysuckle round the back.

Now you mention it I might make a few cuttings from it  
bodger

It's dead easy Dave and by the way, your table bird project wasn't boring.
Dave C

Cheers mate but you don't get rid of it that easy, I have more batches of table birds coming through  

Yes I'm going to give it a go, been thinking of getting a couple of garden types of honeysuckle as I think mine is the wild variety, but still lovely  
bodger

I've got plenty of room in the greenhouse for loads of cuttings.









These are the ones that I got on Tuesday and I've managed  a few more this afternoon.









Here's some honeysuckle in our own garden. Somewhere beneath the honey suckle and golden hop, there's our kids old swing. I'll definitely be getting some cuttings from this.




brewer66

we've two at home, one has finished flowering, this is the other one.







The other one is more colourful but it will be next year before it will flower again.
horace

We have the same Clematis
Christine

You could do with tidying up that greenhouse - it should be full of growing things this time of the year.  
Dave C

horace wrote:
We have the same Clematis



Me too  

I've only planted it this year, do you cut it back at all in the winter ?  
bodger

Christine wrote:
You could do with tidying up that greenhouse - it should be full of growing things this time of the year.


You cheeky tinker you.

The greenhouse was full to the top a few months ago, with seed trays and my polytunnel is now chock a block with the fruits of my labours. Yesterday I picked two buckets full of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
sod

Starting planting out into trays and more seeds ready for spring
horace

Dave C wrote:
horace wrote:
We have the same Clematis



Me too

I've only planted it this year, do you cut it back at all in the winter ?
OH cuts ours in spring  
gwiz

It's not often I remember much about my childhood, but seeing your fourth picture, Bodger, reminded me of the garden of the house I was born / dragged up in.
Thank you for that.
Dave C

horace wrote:
Dave C wrote:
horace wrote:
We have the same Clematis



Me too

I've only planted it this year, do you cut it back at all in the winter ?
OH cuts ours in spring


Great thanks, do you know how far back he cuts it or how far from ground?
horace

OH is a she     as far as i know she cuts it nearly to the soil but i will check later
brewer66

I don't cut back each year and it seems to be OK but perhaps I should  
The honeysuckle, a climbing rose and a clematis all grow together on a trellis round the front door.



As you can see they were a little overgrown this spring so I decided to "prune them".
Out came the petrol hedge trimmer and away we went.
Now if you look at the photo the mains electric supply cable to the house is clipped to the wall under the bedroom window. OR IT SHOULD BE.
Unbeknown to me it had unclipped its self and got tangled up in the vegitation.
Yep, youv'e got it, the hedge clipper touched the cable, nicked the outer sheathing and a few sparks flew !!
It didn't cut the cable its self and the power stayed on but I thought better be safe so I rang National Powergen who sent someone out.
They stripped the sheath off 6 inches, checked the inner cables were ok and taped it up.
The bill was 298.53.
295 was for labour, 3.53 materials.  
Thankfully the NFU insurance I have covered it.
Don't think I'll let it get overgrown again.
HonkHonk

Be careful how you cut back, I cut this beautiful pink clematis right back hoping it would flower right from the base instead of a couple of feet up, it has hardly moved this year, to say Mrs HonkHonk is a tad cheesed off is the understatement of the year.

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horace

Dave C wrote:
horace wrote:
Dave C wrote:
horace wrote:
We have the same Clematis



Me too

I've only planted it this year, do you cut it back at all in the winter ?
OH cuts ours in spring


Great thanks, do you know how far back he cuts it or how far from ground?
About a foot  

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