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Growing Together, Issue #93
October 27, 2014

WinWinter Honeysuckle Creates Color In Colder Months

Welcome to the October issue of Growing Together, from landscape solutions for you. Herbee and I would like to welcome our newest members. Of course, we always want to welcome all of you that have been with us for awhile back as well. This month seems to always represent change in weather. We wanted to share with you some insights on the Winter Honeysuckle.

Winter Honeysuckle

The winter honeysuckle can grow well in zones 3 through 8, and even into zone 9 here in the United States. The winter honeysuckle is considered a shrub, not a vine. In warmer climates, this shrub can be evergreen. In northern climates the leaves will mostly drop, and emerge again in springtime.

This winter variety reveals a blue tone on its leaves. It has creamy white flowers. Although the flowers aren't dominant in size or color, their aroma has a rich and soothing smell. In the spring red berries appear, but are usually well hidden within its leaves.

This shrub can mature anywhere from 6 to 9 or 10 feet tall and wide. It is best to plant this shrub in a well drained and a little loamy base soil. It needs full sun, but can take a little shade. In northern climates the flowers emerge in early spring. In southern or warmer climates, the flowers come to life during the winter months. The best time to prune the winter honeysuckle, is after bloom time. When this shrub gets older, Herbee and I recommend to remove the leggy branches, and give the shrub a hard pruning. It actually can be trimmed down to ground level.

Many of you know the regular honeysuckle, as being a vine. The winter variety because it is a shrub, is best planted in an open area. Did you know this specimen originated in China? Later on this plant made its way to Europe and the United States. Besides planting in an open area, you also have the option of using this specimen as a hedge. Due to the fact of its distinct smell, plant itin an area that will be noticed. A border, or pathway.

A few different varieties are: the Clavey's Dwarf, and the L. Koeolkowii. Both of these plants do better in northern climates. They have the creamy white flowers and berries. The one downfall of these winter varieties, they don't smell. Whether you are in a colder or warmer climate, we think the winter honeysuckle is a great option for your garden or landscape. This specimen will definitely give you some color in the winter or early spring months.

Tip For The Month

As the northern hemisphere prepares for the cold, it is definitely time to get all your indoor and outdoor plants ready to keep warm. Mulch or pine straw your garden beds. Prepare your vegetable gardens for their rest period. If you live in warmer climates, you can if you haven't, plant your fall and winter veggies. In southern climates, time to get your landscape and gardens in shape, with deadheading, or a little pruning. We have mentioned this before at this time of year, but always close up the pool security and make sure concrete bird baths are turned upside down in colder locations. Glass bird feeders should be brought in. An example is hummingbird feeders. Doing little preparations now, will give you a head start when the sun appears to warm the earth again in the springtime.

Thought For The Month

Here in the south, we haven't had our first frost yet, the leaves are beginning to change. Old leaves are falling to the ground. The air has become crisp, and the haze of the summer months are now a memory once more. For many of you, the warmth of the summer sun, is replaced by the sound of the inside heat, or crackling of a fireplace. Many of you feel energized by the cooler temperatures. As you look outside and see the changes, take the time to bundle up and enjoy nature at its best. Orange, yellow, and red leaves create a fantastic focal point against the blue clear sky.

If you are in the southern hemisphere or warmer climate, get out and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Smell a flower in full bloom. We all have so many different wonderful trees, shrubs, and flowers to enjoy. Herbee and I are canning hot peppers, and preparing our gardens for the colder months ahead. Yet, we spend the time to go for a brisk walk, and enjoy the changes about to take place. Thank you for joining us again this month. We hope you have a great November, and look forward to being with you again at the end of next month. Be happy and healthy!

Herbee and Kimberly
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