My honeysuckle vine is in bloom, and there's nothing I can think of except "orange!" when I stand underneath it, surrounded by its thousands of blossoms. I've mentioned this vine a few times in the past: when I pruned it right after starting this blog, and after it flowered last spring. I have to post about it every year though, because it's just such an eye-catcher!
It's come back quite nicely after its pruning, and seems to be quite healthy and happy. If you really hate the color orange I suggest you do not continue reading.
Here's a tip: if you keep plant tags (if you don't, why don't you?) write the year you planted on the tag. I didn't do this early on and there are several plants of indeterminate age like this one in my garden.
It's a low-fragrance (or no-fragrance) cultivar, which is disappointing. It also doesn't rebloom too much, which is also disappointing.
It is completely care-free though, considering I've pruned it one time in its life. I never intentionally water it, although it gets the runoff from the driveway when I'm cleaning out my truck bed or washing away the soil from a planting session.
I was going to say that it's disease and pest-free, but that's not really true. It does get aphids:
Although they don't appear to be doing much harm in that photo, they are having an effect:
See how the flowers are curling up? That's aphid damage I think.
I wonder if the plant has aphids every year once it warms up, and that's stopping it from reblooming more? I'll have to keep an eye on that, and blast them off with the hose once in a while.
I've often thought about planting a second variety of honeysuckle vine here too, something that is more fragrant and reblooms more reliably. I'm not sure how easily it would get established though, competing with this plant's thick, gnarled vines:
Still, I may give planting a new one a try this year.
I just need to find a variety with a bloom color that will complement orange!