Posted: 28/11/2015 at 20:37
For the first time in 4 years of trying I have managed to get some cuttings of a very special Honeysuckle to root. So I went on the Interwebthing to get the correct spelling of the name which is very hard to say.never mind fit on a label. Lonicera alseuosmoides.
So up it comes and say that this name is not valid, it is a synonym of Lonicera acuminata .
Not a problem, certainly easier to spell and pronounce. Next I looked for some information on this plant. Great, lots of images, not one of which matches the plant I have. L. acuminata has fragrant yellow flowers, mine has unscented (to human noses at least) and sort of nondescript pink and off white flowers.
Now I wonder what Lonicera I have. It would not matter except that when in flower this plant is absolutely smother in bees of every kind. I counted over 1000 of them in a 6 feet by 6 feet area, one sunny afternoon in Summer. A bee keeper friend of ours wants a plant for her garden.
Even worse is that I have no picture of the flowers to compare to the images on the Web or to show on here. Very frustrating.