Last week when we were having thunder and lightning after we had gone to bed, I woke with the noise and the lightning flashing round the room, someone else slept through it all! Even though the window was wide open, it still felt too hot with the curtains closed. I got up to open them and was greeted with the most delightful perfume which I recognised straight away, the honeysuckle over the arbour in the gravel garden at the back.
This is a view from one of the spare bedroom windows, looking down on the honeysuckle covered arbour. It also has the Golden Hop at the far side and the tree at the top left is Pittosporum Irene Patterson. You can also see the rug of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens which is spreading in the gravel by Phormium Yellow Wave.
I had clipped it round the entrance to the sitting area, you can just about see the bench at the bottom left, but the wind and rain seem to have dislodged some of the stems and I would have to crawl in on my knees if it is left like this, another trim is necessary!
The perfume travels such a long way across the garden during the evening and night, there must be lots of moths and other insects attracted to it, so I thought maybe I ought to go and investigate the next time we had a dry evening.
I know the Elephant Hawk Moth is supposed to like honeysuckle, that would be wonderful if we could see one of those. It needs to be something with a long proboscis to get at the nectar down the long tubular flowers.
Thanks to Wikipedia for this image. The colours match so beautifully, it would be so well disguised, I probably wouldn’t be able to see it.
The flowers are so beautiful to look at and with a wonderful perfume too, I think that makes it almost perfect. While sitting under the honeysuckle we have seen voles scurrying around above us, then descending on the thick stem which spirals round one of the supports like a helter skelter. We like the voles which we see in the garden, as we then know that we will still have the Tawny Owls visiting for their food!
Do you have any plants which have a wonderful perfume at night time?