Wild Honeysuckle

 
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Out hiking one evening, on the west side of the island, along the cliff tops, there was a variety of wild flowers growing amongst the bracken and heathland.
This is wild honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum or Woodbine, is very similar to the cultivated variety. It is a robust climber, which can eventually reach a height of 6 metres. The creamy-white two-lipped flowers tend to change to yellowish and are often tinged with purple. They fill the air with an exquisite scent on warm days. They are pollinated at night by night-flying moths and in the daytime by long-tongued bumble-bees.

Honeysuckle is reasonably common in woods, hedges, scrub, and shady places like rocks and cliffs on all soils throughout the British Isles.

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Jas - Jun 18, 2008 05:23 PM EDT
Beverly, Thanks for your nice comments. :)
talsi - Jun 16, 2008 11:43 AM EDT
Lovely image.
Jas - Jun 16, 2008 11:24 AM EDT
Hi Carol, Whittler and Ann. Thank you for the nice comments on the wild honeysuckle. Your comments are always appreciated. :)
A.Lovely - Jun 15, 2008 05:59 PM EDT
What a beautifully captured photograph of this honeysuckle. I like the composition and the clarity.
whittler113 - Jun 15, 2008 12:01 PM EDT
WOW!! very nice.
shutterbug - Jun 14, 2008 05:08 PM EDT
Beautiful color, great photo! Carol

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