Day Five: 4 December 2022
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,[A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1]
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night
Our common wild honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is the only climbing plant that I have suceeded in growing in my garden, although it is more of a scrambler than a climber. It grows very slowly and takes 3 or 4 years before it can be coaxed to flower. However, patience is eventually rewarded with the sensual joy of catching a few notes of the exquisite perfume on a warm summer afternoon.