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Lonicera (Honeysuckle) "Heaven Scent

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:50

Thanks for your contribution Dove.  I'm ridiculously chuffed at trying young honeysuckle plants this year.  For some ludicrous reason I expected a drier summer in Scotland!  The evening perfume as you say is a delight.  The rain and winds so far have ruined the peak of my rose blooms which are absolutely soaked before complete opening, everything is drooping and I've had to rush out in winds to stake so many things.   Every year I decide it's time to get rid of the pretty things, willowy things and things which peck out in rotten weather - but every year the logic of only planting tough things goes out of my head and I think 'We'll get prolonged sunshine this year for sure'.

Ah well...

Verbena growing, holes in leaves

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:43

david:  I've had awful problems with all my verbena this year.  Swarms of thrips devastating all of them and I'm having to get rid of them.  Never had this before as they've always been one of my favourites.

my new potting shed,

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:40

Looks great Caroline.  I was looking on the web today at loads of ideas to get a very small one and saw some this design but too big for my garden. 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:36

Look forward to lots of photos.  I have a book on Bressingham but have never been able to visit - so will be good to hear all about it and see some pics.

Non flowering honeysuckle

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:33

Jeno - I have three young honeysuckles this year, temporarily in pots.  The first, 'Heaven Scent' has flowered as it is the right time.  The other two are later bloomers so only foliage is growing just now, as I was told it should be.  You may have a plant which would not normally bloom for a while yet.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 01:30

Ceres - I agree.  The extent of corporate-gov affiliation currently is overwhelming and depressing particularly when short-term financial benefit overrides long-term issues, often with consequences which will preclude dire situations being recoverable in the future.

Lonicera (Honeysuckle) "Heaven Scent

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 14:09

Thanks nutcutlet.  I'd certainly like to keep the berries..  I had just wondered if the sign of berries now is early and if it means that the plant has finished it's growth run for the season. 

plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 14:05

I agree that the first looks like a dried out hydrangea.  Looks like it's hungry and thirsty.  The soil around it looks depleted of any nutrients.  I'd hoe around it, being careful not to hit the plant, loosen up the soil and give it an enormous soak.  Maybe dig in some bagged ready manure (can easily buy small bags from DIY centres who sell plants) to mix with that soil. 

The second group of three look lovely and also in need of a soak.  The soil looks walked on.  I'd loosen it up as well, maybe get some organic matter carefully dug in round about them and give the area a really good soaking.

I think these plants could perk up - even the hydrangea looking ones, if you keep an eye out for them and make that soil less caked, firm and depleted.

Lonicera (Honeysuckle) "Heaven Scent

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:48



Hi Everyone.  Bought a Honeysuckle 'Heaven Scent' in the Spring and having to house it temporarily in a pot and tied in to a tree for this year.  Will plant it in the autumn when space free.

It has grown about four foot on one thick stem with shoots at the top which have given a dozen or so beautifully scented flowers.  Some still to turn yellow at this point.  However, on one stem yesterday I spotted these green bulbous type things.  I know Heaven Scent produces red berries at some point after blooming but am not sure if these green pods are going to be berries or if they are seed pods.  As it's the plant's first year - do I just leave them and let it do it's thing - or should I remove?

Many thanks.



Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:53


My first real effort with sunflowers but a halfhearted one.  Sowed 'Tall Lemon'.  They are too close together but perhaps stupidly I thought I would see if they grew in this rather poor soil and pull out the weaklings to allow one of two to keep growing if they seemed to look worthy.  However, they are pretty spindly looking on the whole but maybe they start off and this way and then thicken up as in others photos on the site.    I did sow them late.  The soil had some manure in it and I've only watered them  - not fed.  They ARE skinny looking - perhaps lack of feeding?  I'm not bothered if they come to nothing really, but as they are there it would be nice to get at least one to flower.


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