The word of the Spring season is Anticipation. Anticipation. It is a gift we give ourselves as gardeners after the long darkness of waning daylight, cooling temperatures, and the mindful winter contemplation of the coming garden experiences. Time spent dreaming of our garden adventures in the coming year give way to the increasing length of days and the desire to start visiting our favorite nurseries and finding new favorite plant suppliers. The anticipation is unyielding and energizing. The beckoning to pursue the paths we have travelled in previous years to visit our friendly garden center staff, like old friends, and search, investigate, learn, and finally enjoy the retail therapy of buying, lays waste to the long wait of winter. This is the initial joy a gardener relishes every season. There are yet no challenges nor plant fatalities to dampen our spirits. We venture forth with love for the light of the sunny day and that subtle warmth we think we feel in the cool spring air. We buy, we dig, we clean up, we visit our favorite plants, we count the bulbs erupting from the ground. We anticipate the coming growth and tasks with an effervescent spirit and reaffirmation for the love of our happy place. We anticipate all the joys our garden will share with us. We are gardeners, and anticipation is the gift we give ourselves every Spring. Now is the moment to enjoy the anticipation of all to come. Spring is near. Do not miss a minute. Anticipate spring now!
Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy'
COMMON NAME Box Honeysuckle - Lonicera nitida
ZONE 6 - 9 Height: 2’ x 2’
For those of you familiar with its cousin, Baggeson's Gold, you'll find this compact variety of golden box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida ‘Twiggy’) much easier to work with in smaller garden plots. Give it about two to three feet and it takes readily to pruning if you need to keep it on the small side.
Features droopy twiggy branches and takes well to regular pruning.
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Stunning bright color evergreen with shades of bronzy pink at the tips. Year round interest, brightens any spot in the garden.
In hot summer climates, plants perform best in shade. Its best features are its moderate water use, small overall size, and foliage color and it has the same reddish-bronze tip in winter.
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