I had loads of buds on my honeysuckle by early June and was looking forward to lots of flowers and scent. Unfortunately the buds all dropped off before opening. Inside them there was a tiny grub. They did produce some berries. Should I remove these to promote new shoots and flowers? I seem to remember that there were two flushes last year. Also is there anything I can do to stop these critters feasting on the plant in future?
Some of the flowers must have opened properly or they wouldn't have been fertilised and produced berries.
What did the grubs look like?
Very tiny. Yes, some flowers in each cluster did open a bit.
What do you think, Dove, should I snip off the remains of the old flowers - like you do with roses to promote a fresh crop?
It wouldn't do any harm and might do some good. I remember a honeysuckle that grew in a garden I walked past on my way to primary school a very long time ago. The chap (he was known as Dibbler) used to clip it tight to the fence after flowering and I've never seen such a mass of flowers on a honeysuckle every year.