Louis Raymond experiments in his own gardens like

a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

…Louis Raymond ensures that trees can grow in Brooklyn…

or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today

 
 

NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.

 
 
 
 

NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.

 
 
 
 

New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.

 
 
 
 

Plant Profiles

Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle

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No garden should be without a honeysuckle or two. Heavens! I already grow sixteen varieties, with still more to come. 'Kintzley's Ghost' should be at the top of the list. In bud, its unique performance is just warming up.

 

 

In Spring, young stems lengthen quickly. Soon, growth at the very tip of the stem changes character. First, the formation of pairs of regular green leaves is abandoned. In the stem below, notice how the middle pair of leaves are fairly fused around the stem. They are noticeably blue-green, too. And each side has a small cluster of buds.

 

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After that first pair of transitional leaves, the second and last pair of leaves sums up the changes definitively. They are completely fused around the stem, forming a nearly circular backdrop to the flower buds. The buds' configuration has progressed, also, to a single cluster right at the center.

 

 

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The change from pairs of regular green leaves, below, to a fully fused, nearly round leaf dyad, above, is complete.

 

 

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Is the transition more remarkable for happening at all? Or more remarkable for happening in two stages, as if the first—the fused leaves that still retain their oval heritage—were tentative and experimental?

 

 

We'll revisit Lonicera reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost' several times this season. What it does after flowering is even more remarkable—and shows why the "ghost" part of the name is so appropriate.

 

 

Here's how to grow another glorious honeysuckle, Lonicera x tellmanniana. Its needs and uses are similar, but its flowers are larger and a rich orange.

Here's how to grow yet another of the many garden-worthy honeysuckles. The young foliage of Lonicera x 'Mandarin' is burgundy; its flowers are orange with a yellow interior. It also has needs and uses similar to those of Lonicera reticulata.

 
 
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