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The Honeysuckle

The Honeysuckle

“Every plant has its place, just as every dog has its day, and the very place for this honeysuckle is the wall of a comfortable English cottage, where it appears more at home than anywhere else in the world, not forgetting the woods in the south of Europe, wherein it plays the reveller, and perfumes the breeze.”

From there Hibberd slips into his never-far-away Shakespeare, but finally manages to drag himself back to observe that there were some hundred species of Lonicera available to the Victorian gardener, although only half a dozen or so received much attention: the L. caprifolium, L periclymenum, L. sempervirens, L. brachypoda, L. Chinensis and L. Japonica.

The winter-flowering honeysuckle (L. fragrantissima) was considered a useful, but highly unattractive shrub.

Information and image taken from F. Edward Hulme and Shirley Hibberd, Familiar Garden Flowers (Cassell, Peter, Galpin and Co.: London: c. 1890), 5 vols.

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