Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:31
Honeysuckle (like clematis) are plants which, in their native state, grow in damp woodlands - they like their roots in the cool damp shade and their faces in the sunshine.
So often we grow honeysuckle against a fence or a wall and it's roots are in a dry 'rainshadow' created by the wall/fence and they really suffer from drought. It makes them susceptible to powdery mildew as well.
This year we've had a really dry spring and early summer - I've bought a soaker hoze and have put it along the base of the north-facing fence which has a lot of climbers on it, and in the dry weather I'm using it for a couple of hours every other day. Our honeysuckles are flowering better than ever, and the perfume in the garden in the evenings is wonderful