Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2014

The brightest thing in the forest right now

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:56 pm

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa


  1. So nice and sharp (the focus). Beautiful flowers, considering no one planted them or is feeding and watering them. When you look at the designs in the flowers you have to admire nature’s awesome creations.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 27, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    • You sure do. Mother Nature has had a few million years more experience tending Her gardens than we do. I wish our worthless government bureaucrats would think of that when they start fooling with the “management” of our forests.


      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

  2. When I was a kid we used to pull the innards out of honeysuckle blossoms and lick off all the nectar, and then suck it out of the flower. I think of that every time I see a honey suckle, but haven’t done it in years. Maybe I should again!


    Comment by jomegat — June 27, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

  3. Better that than fire!


    Comment by twoscamps — June 27, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    • Yes. I’ve been following the activity of the San Juan fire. Arizona has been hit hard by fire, hasn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

  4. There is nothing better than the fragrance of honeysuckle in the late evening air..


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — June 28, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    • There sure isn’t. We have a quite large one just beside our kitchen window where we get the smell and get to watch the hummers feeding on the honey.


      Comment by montucky — June 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  5. I can hardly believe that’s a wild flower – look at the colour! Amazing. I love the way you photograph flowers – are these recent ones taken at night? It gives them a kind of magical quality, as if you’re attending some kind of midnight festival!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 28, 2014 @ 2:18 am

    • These were taken on a very dark, rainy day and because my camera doesn’t like low-light situations and it’s usually impossible to use a tripod for the wildflowers here the places they grow, I used the flash.


      Comment by montucky — June 28, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Ah, yes, those beauties. They remain among my favorites that you’ve posted and one of your photos still graces a poem I wrote. They are so beautiful, their color tantalizing. What an amazing photo.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 28, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    • I love these myself. They give a very comfortable, happy feel with their rich colors. They produce very long, robust vines and the flowers can sometimes be seen in fir trees and always toward the top of the lower brush.


      Comment by montucky — June 28, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

  7. You don’t see many orange flowers in nature. This one’s a beauty.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 28, 2014 @ 6:12 am

  8. Gorgeous! The forest must be looking very colorful and lush about now.


    Comment by Candace — June 28, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

    • It is! We are expecting higher temperatures next week and dry weather; I hope for not too long. We have had enough volume of rain that it is benefitting the trees too. It’s a good year for the wild country!


      Comment by montucky — June 28, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

  9. Gorgeous! I’ve missed your work–so glad Malcolm sent me your way.
    Beth (Inklings, from waaaay back)


    Comment by Beth — June 29, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    • Thanks Beth! It’s good to hear from you! Malcolm mentioned you the other day and I was pleased that he was able to keep in touch!


      Comment by montucky — June 29, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

  10. Just wonderful. We have three orange climbers and creepers that I used to conflate into a single category: orange flowers. None are as purely orange as this beauty, though. The one that comes closest might be the common trumpet vine, also known as trumpet honeysuckle. As you mention, they all draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and I suppose bees. The City Council of a nearby small town was rather surprised when its chambers were stormed a couple of years ago after city crews hacked down some beautiful stands of trumpet vine that weren’t hurting anyone. Let’s just say the plant lovers were peaceful but vocal.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 29, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    • I know of only a few orange wildflowers. There is a species of Indian Paintbrush (Suksdorf’s Indian paintbrush ~ Castilleja suksdorfii) that is bright orange and I’ve found it in only one rather remote location. There are a couple of species of Hawksweed that are rather orange too.

      I’d be unhappy with anyone unnecessarily cutting down trumpet vines too. I get quite upset with the county weed control children and their seemingly mindless efforts as it is.


      Comment by montucky — June 29, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

  11. That’s a beauty! Orange flowers are rather rare, aren’t they? I only know of a few, but I have never seen this one.


    Comment by Sue — June 29, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    • They are. I think this is specific to only a few northwestern states and I have no idea why. It seems to be a very robust species.


      Comment by montucky — June 29, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

  12. Ah…honeysuckle….I love, love, love its fragrance. Reminds me of being a kid. 🙂


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 30, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    • Who doesn’t love a plant that is pretty, smells wonderful and is so good for hummingbirds and hummingbird moths!


      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, Excellent photo of the Honeysuckle. I sure do love the sight and aroma of this plant. Have a really great coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 30, 2014 @ 9:36 am

    • Thanks! These are having a great year this year and their flowers and vines decorate lots of places in the lower forests now.


      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

  14. Beautiful image Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 30, 2014 @ 10:57 am

  15. Hooray for another native honeysuckle to counterbalance the invasive (though fragrant) Japanese one that has taken over so much of America.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 30, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    • These are doing very well too in their areas. Tough plants!


      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

  16. I love all honeysuckles but this one is really nice!


    Comment by WildBill — July 3, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    • They are so bright and abundant that they light up parts of the forest, giving it an especially friendly feel.


      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

  17. Sigh, so beautiful. About the photo I say: Master photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — July 10, 2014 @ 2:24 am

  18. Never seen this color honeysuckle before.
    I think the ones that were in my yard when I was little….were a yellowish white.
    I loved the smell of honeysuckle, especially at dawn/early morning!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — July 19, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    • Orange is a rather unusual color in nature, and these are very bright. We have a domestic honeysuckle and it is red. They both smell very sweet.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

  19. Beautiful! And I loved your reply above regarding “land management” by our government. Yes nature has done quite well for eons without our “help”:) I was just in my GA cabin in the woodsvexpressing the same thing…my garden is God’s garden…I have very little to do with what is beautiful & blooming:) Thank you for all your wonderful pix & posts!


    Comment by Christine Hendler — July 26, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    • I’m glad that you agreed with my comment, Christine. In just the small area of western Montana where I roam I have found over two hundred species of wildflowers that are still flourishing with no help from our “management”. I wonder how many have become extinct though because of that management.
      Your comment made my day!


      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

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