Monday, April 28, 2014


 Fair flower, that dost so comely grow,
Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
Untouched thy honied blossoms blow,
Unseen thy little branches greet;
...No roving foot shall crush thee here,
...No busy hand provoke a tear.

By Nature's self in white arrayed,
She bade thee shun the vulgar eye,
And planted here the gaurdian shade,
And sent soft waters murmuring by;
...Thus quietly thy summer goes,
...Thy days declinging to repose.

Smit with those charms, that must decay,
I grieve to see your future doom;
They died--nor were those flowers more gay,
The flowers that did in Eden bloom;
...Unpitying frosts, and Autumn's power
...Shall leave no vestige of this flower.

From morning suns and evenign dews
At first thy little being came:
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
...The space between, is but an hour

~ Philip Freneau

I mentioned it the other day so
when I was working in the yard
and smelled that sweet perfume
blow across the yard I  remembered.
This has to be one of the easiest,
rewarding items I have ever prepared.

I have already had a sampling in
a cup of tea and tomorrow there
are plans to try the cordial in
a biscuit batter. I would like
to see if I can hot water bath it
in small jars to put in baskets
during the Christmas season,
a sweet bit of sunshine on a cold
winter's day.
Are there honey suckle where you
Oh, and I wanted to let you know
is hosting a Snail mail swap, it
sounds like fun and I thought you
might like to sign up too.


  1. My mouth is watering :) Is it growing wild Tracey, or did you plant it?

    1. It's growing wild Kim. There is a bunch I need to get out of one of the peach trees which makes me a little sad now that I have this recipe.

  2. The honeysuckle from the yard next door grew over the fence and almost destroyed my lilac. As much as I like the scent I am not happy to have it in my garden, it is very invasive and hard to get rid of. I did not know that it is edible.

  3. The scent must be delicious! :) mari

  4. I haven't had anything with honeysuckle in it. What's it like? The swap sounds fun. I don't have time right now but if you read about/participate in one this summer, pls post about it. I'll have more time this summer.

  5. Oh, yum! It looks and sounds absolutely dreamy.

  6. Sadly we do not have honeysuckle. I love the way the blooms smell. I love snail mail...I'll have to check it out!

  7. hello Tracy
    oh, this flower is edible!
    wishing you happy day.

  8. I've never heard of using honesuckle in the kitchen. I bet it is yummy in tea. Just a bit sweet.

  9. I am so very jealous of your weather. It is just dreadful here (MN) again today. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos!

  10. I think we have it growing here, but not too sure. Can they be bushes? because I have bushes that grow wild and have a heavenly scent-not yet though still too early but soon!!

  11. That is such a great idea!! We have plenty of honeysuckle here and I'll have to give that a try. Made honeysuckle jelly before (delicious!) but that's about it. Thank you for sharing!

  12. We do have honeysuckle here and it's fun to pick some and eat it (making sure there are no ants in the bloom first!) – the blossoms are so sweet! I never thought of making cordial from them. Sounds delicious!

  13. Yes, we have bushes of it all around where we live. Never thought of doing anything with the blossoms though. You are so industrious! I love it!

  14. oh, Tracey ~ this brings back such good memories of growing up in Maryland

    honeysuckle is one of my favorite scents and I can still remember pulling the stamen out when the flowers bloomed and sucking the sweet nectar from it

    my sweet husband surprised me with a honeysuckle plant a few years ago ~ I love it and the sentiment behind it but it has no scent (it's gorgeous, though!)

  15. honeysuckle cordial???? yum!!! We have lots of honey suckle growing along the ditches down our street…the white kind. My 'native' red honeysuckle blew over with the arbor during a storm this winter….I can't decide if I'm going to miss it or not. ??? I think not.

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your honeysuckle cordial and these lovely photos. They have not begun to blossom here, but we can't wait to try this recipe :)

  17. Lovely! I didn't realise that honeysuckle was edible. Thank you so much for sharing with us Tracey

  18. sadly no honeysuckle here. what you made there looks amazing! <3

  19. This is such a beautiful post. When I read about your plans to make all things honeysuckle I couldn't wait to see the results. It's still too early for ours to blossom yet. They are one of the last things to bud but carry on blooming late into the summer. If we are still here in time I will definitely try out some honeysuckle recipes. I made elderflower cordial the last few summers. It's amazing and apparently very good for colds and flu. Do you have elderflowers in your part of the world too Tracey?