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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:59 am    Post subject: Project Honeysuckle.  Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting  
I love honeysuckle and look forward to your findings  
(think I will be out taking cuttings from ours - once it stops raining )
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Project Honeysuckle. Reply with quote

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  
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's dead easy Dave and by the way, your table bird project wasn't boring.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.




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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have the same Clematis
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could do with tidying up that greenhouse - it should be full of growing things this time of the year.  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 ?  

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