H is for Honeysuckle

H is for Honeysuckle, but it could of been for hollyhocks, heliopsis, hyacinth bean vine, hens & chicks and more.  It’s time for Alaphe-Thursday, when a letter is given and bloggers find all sorts of things that start with it.  I’m trying to choose garden related photos to help me get over the winter blahs!

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This perennial vine grows up one part of the trellis garden.  It has gorgeous blooms that attract lots of wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds.  This is a photo from 2011 when it was in bloom in mid June.  You can root this vine from a green shoot quite easily.  Cut some green shoots, remove the leaves at the end and either use rooting compound to develop roots or put in a container of water and you will be able to see when the roots begin to grow.  Keep the water fresh and you should see roots in about 14 days.  You can then either pot it up or plant it directly into the ground.  I’ve got a bare spot on the trellis so will be doing that this spring.

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The blooms come from the center of the leaves and open into fragrant flowers.  One year a robin used the vine as a shelter for her nest.  The nest was built on top of a post and in the above photo you can see some of the grass and twigs hanging down.

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Here is the robin sitting close by keeping an eye on the nest.  It was tricky working in the trellis garden that spring.

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Here is the honeysuckle vine in January at the time of writing this post. You can see the post that the robin chose to make her nest on.  In the spring that won’t be visible in a photo.  The snow is covering in the roots of this vine and I’m hoping that the blooms on the vine will be just as gorgeous this coming spring.

I’m sharing my H for honeysuckle with Alphabe-Thursday.  Pop over for a visit and see what else starts with H.

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13 Responses to H is for Honeysuckle
  1. Oh lovely to see flowers this time of year thanks for that . I will get over to this hop lol I seem to take on so much in blog land I have a hard time keeping up with it all lol ! Awesome photos ! Have a good evening !
    Elaine recently posted..Ward Off The Winter Blah’sMy Profile

  2. This is such a pretty vine and I love that the robin chose to make her nest on the post in it. I didn’t know it was that easy to transplant. There is another variety of honeysuckle that grows between us and the neighbours with white blooms. It comes up in suckers all over and spreads that way. Now you have me longing for spring. :) Hugs, Pamela
    Pamela Gordon recently posted..winter whites in the sunshineMy Profile

  3. Thanks for that wonderful break from the winter blahs. Lovely flower.
    Eden Hills recently posted..Hay for Happy Healthy GoatsMy Profile

  4. I am very envious of your Honeysuckle…One of my neighbours has one…that hangs over his fence..
    and looks fabulous…
    I have always wanted one…mainly for the Hummingbirds…
    Perhaps this summer…:o)

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

  5. Hi Linda I so love my honeysuckles I have 2 in my garden .

    Had a wee stroll the other day and already new shoots on honeysuckle.

  6. very beautiful! :)
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  7. Wish that honeysuckle were mine. :))
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  8. A taste of Spring. I am not going to say that ‘I can’t wait’ cos at my age I do not want to wish my life away but nice to enjoy in photos right now. Love your header but it does make me feel cold it is so realistic. Temperatures set to plummet here this weekend.
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  9. Just the sight of that lovely honeysuckle made my day brighter!
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  10. Great shots ~ Love trellis and bird one ~ Wow!

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)
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  11. Oh to see flowers and spring/summer.
    I should not complain because I live
    in Florida but we too loose our luster
    in the winter..
    Good post
    Sandy
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  12. powwow

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. A beautiful vine. Have one that I got from a cutting. Hoping to be able to train it up and old laundry line pole. We’ll see.

  13. What a happy post!

    Love the honeysuckle happily dressing the trellis in finery!

    And the robin’s nest!

    What a treasure!

    Thank you for linking.

    A+
    Jenny Matlock recently posted..I’ve been packing up boxes…My Profile