Flower of the Day – November 13 – Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Have had this glorious plant for over 30 years and it always produces these large but extremely delicate flowers which carry a heavenly scent, particularly in the evening.

As the flowers open they are pure white but ‘age’ and turn yellow before dropping off and a new pair opens up lower on the vine shoot. πŸ™‚

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Cee’s Flower of the Day – November 13, 2018 – Roses

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12 comments

  1. I have that growing on my fence also for quite sometime. It’s interesting how strong the scent can be. Some guy came to do some work in my yard this summer. He reached up, picked one, pulled it apart in some way I didn’t really see and popped it in his mouth. Said it was really sweet. It’s something he used to do as a kid. I thought that was so interesting😊

    Pat

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    • When i was looking up the Scientific name i read that the flowers are edible – like Nasturtiums! They said it had a vanilla scent so maybe it tastes similar too?? I’m going to have to try one now! Thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

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        • Well.. i tried some! – i tried a white flower first eating a bit at a time and it was kind of taste-less really.

          Then i tried a yellow one – and it was sweet! I tried another yellow one and it tasted a little like a sweet orange and then had a slight bitter aftertaste like orange rind!?

          My preference is to pick the whole single flower and hold it tight by the thin end of the tube and draw it between your teeth to sort of ‘squish’ / strain the sweet parts out.

          (Hint: make sure there are no ants or bugs on the flower first! πŸ˜‰ )

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        • You tried it! 😊. Cool. So sweet orange. Probably like that fruit of my childhood.. bitter orange. No wonder the butterflies and the bees get along so well during their feasts. And then there’s the ants. I forgot about those. I see you even got a technique down, that’s funny, lol! Just looked out at mine, the flowers are all gone. So next year I may do the taste test as well😊. Thanks for the research:)

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        • Gives you time to avoid them if i come down with something nasty in the next day or two! πŸ˜‰

          It’s nearly our Summer here and the Honeysuckle have come out ‘en masse’ πŸ™‚

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