Lonicera japonica ,Honeysuckle
Driving around at the moment, the sweetly scented Honeysuckle is in flower in so many places its spread seems to be almost unstoppable. This native of Japan and China has become a serious and noxious weed not only here but in many other parts of the world as well. In history, it has romantic and sentimental associations. The most charming story is from China in the book Two Years in the Forbidden City (1911) by Princess Der Ling when she describes the Dowager Empress placing honeysuckle flowers in her tea using her gold chopsticks, with the resulting beverage acquiring a delicious flavour. Something to try perhaps as there is no shortage of flowers.
I always associate honeysuckle with the song Honeysuckle Rose by the 1930's jazz great Fats Waller (1904-1943) His sense of humour is something special.