The sweet scent of honeysuckle can give your senses a gentle lift
The sweet scent of winter-flowering honeysuckle can give your senses a gentle lift at this time of the year. Not many flowers are still in bloom so the yellow/pinkish tubular flowers with their rich fragrance – often stronger in the evening time – are a special treat. The flowers – which are pollinated by bees and night-flying moths – are followed by red or black berries. Honeysuckle, also known as woodbine, is a native climbing plant prolific in deciduous woods and hedgerows around Ireland. It survives by looping itself into the branch system of larger trees and produces leaves early in springtime before the full leaf canopy in the wood has developed. There are about 180 species of honeysuckle throughout the Northern Hemisphere, about 20 of which are native to Europe. It is also cultivated as a garden shrub as it easily grows up walls and on outbuildings. Several species of honeysuckle have, however, become invasive outside their native range, particularly in New Zealand and the US.
There are 180 species of honeysuckle throughout the Northern Hemisphere, about 20 of which are native to Europe