24th October 2016

Wild Honeysuckle- still odd ones out, alongside its red berries (poisonous to us but eaten by birds). It is pollinated by long-tongued bees, and Moths- why the scent is stronger in the evening (they can pick it up a quarter of a mile away). This is the Woodbine of Shakespeare: Oberon- “Quite over-canopied with lush Woodbine”, and William Bullein, in 1562 wrote “Oh how swete and pleasaunte is Woodbine”. Probably thus-named from its habit of distorting young trees it twists round, children still pluck a flower and suck nectar from the base as we did. Garden varieties are as good for wildlife as the woodland native species. Conditions: Dry, still with light cloud again. Temperature: Max 10- Min 6C

Native Honeysuckle

Native Honeysuckle

Native Honeysuckle

Native Honeysuckle

Native Honeysuckle

Native Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle berries

Native Honeysuckle berries

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