A walk around Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, AR will have you breathing deeply taking in the sweet smell of honeysuckle. Many people remember as a kid “drinking” the nectar of the honeysuckle flowers. I did not know until recently that many honeysuckle bushes are actually an invasive species so reviled that certain states have banned the sale of the plants completely. One website called the amur honeysuckle the “monster from Asia.” Well, if you live in the southern U. S. the term “monster from Asia” is nothing new…kudzu, anyone?! Both honeysuckle and kudzu can grow nearly a foot a day and choke out any other plants that have the audacity to even try to grow in the same bit of ground. I tried to determine from website pics if this plant is an amur honeysuckle and while I am not sure, I think it is, but oh, the scent is wonderful and sweet and summery.
Aggressive, invasive bush
Such lovely perfume
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