It’s Honeysuckle time! Spread the love, mend the ties and strengthen the bonds of love with Honeysuckle. While some of you may be trying to build new relationships, or struggling to mend weakening or broken relationships, honeysuckles may just do the trick. Spend a good time picking some honeysuckles under the summer sun for your loved ones.
Also, as the sun shines, make the best of the sunny days and beat the heat with honeysuckle flowers. Going by the old farmers’ calendar, Honeysuckle is the June birth month flower.
Here are some fascinating facts about Honeysuckle.
Honeysuckles are green shrubs and vines with beautifully scented flowers and sweet nectar.
Honeysuckles are heat tolerant and can be grown in the garden.
They make attractive garden vines in summer.
Honeysuckle comes under the family Caprifoliaceae and nearly 180 species of honeysuckle have been identified.
Stands for true and lasting love: Honeysuckle symbolises eternal bonds of love that binds special relationships.
Attracts birds: When in bloom, Honeysuckle flowers attract hummingbirds.
Those who are prone to allergy can be allergic to it. Contact with the plant can cause rashes.
Honeysuckles can be eaten
When in bloom, honeysuckle gives out a sweet aroma and smells like honey. Probably it got its name from it. Its sweet nectar can be consumed and is delicious. The leaves are also edible.
Health benefits of honeysuckles
Honeysuckle is also used to treat several illnesses such as, inflammation, skin infections, urinary disorders, headache, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used as a laxative to counteract poisoning and treat cancer.
How to grow honeysuckles
Honeysuckles can be grown on the ground with a little support, along a fence or on a trellis. Honeysuckles love the sun hence named the June month birth flower. While they tolerate some shade, they are also tolerant of different soil types. However, the soil needs to be well drained with organic matter. They can also be grown in containers.
While you have them blooming in June, experience the joy of growing them in your garden and strengthening the bonds of love with honeysuckles.
Warning: While its leaves and nectar are edible, Honeysuckle berries are poisonous.