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Flowering Trees, Bushes and Shrubs of Sleepy Hollow Lake
Tartarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 01)  Tartarian honeysuckle are bushy and usually grow to heights of 5-8 feet, and occasional higher.  The leaves grow opposite each other on the branches and have smooth margins.  The flowers grow in pairs from the leaf axils.

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 01a)  In this close up view of the tartarian honeysuckle, we can see the two flowers atop a single stem growing from the leaf axil.  The flower color can vary from light to dark pink.  Each tartarian honeysuckle flower has 5 petals, 5 stamens, and 1 pistil.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 02)  These tartarian honeysuckle flowers are a very light pink, and some look almost white.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 02a)  In this close up photo of the tartarian honeysuckle, we have a better view of the 5 petals of the flower, and of the pairs of flower buds, looking like little pink light bulbs.  We can also see that as the buds mature, they develop their tubular shape.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 03)  The tartarian honeysuckle are one of the first of the trees and bushes to sprout their leaves in the spring.  The flowers bloom in May.
 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 03a)  In this bee's eye view of a pair of 3/4 inch tartarian honeysuckle flowers, we noticed that the pistils seem to have tiny hairs growing on the style; this is something we had not read about in the literature.
 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 03b)  In this close up look at the tartarian honeysuckle, we can see that some of the flower buds are still green, and behind the buds, we have a good side view of the tubular shape of the lower portion of the flower.

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 04)  This is another view of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers.  The tartarian honeysuckle is a multistemmed deciduous shrub with branching that is generally upright but them arches over.

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 04a)  This is another close up look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers and deep pink buds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 05)  This is another look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 05a)  This 3/4 inch long tartarian honeysuckle flower is just opening and the petals have not yet folded back.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 06)  This is another pair of tartarian honeysuckle flowers to brighten a day in May.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 06a)  In this bee's eye view, the petals of this tartarian honeysuckle flower almost look like they've been hand painted, and we can also see the grains of pollen on the anthers of the stamens.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 07)  This is another look at the pair of tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 07a)  We are always amazed at the amount of intricate detail that God designed into His creations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 08)  In this photo, we can see the pairs of tartarian honeysuckle buds before any of the flowers have opened.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 08a)  Here we see two pairs of tartarian honeysuckle flower buds, each growing from its own leaf axil.  On top of each flower stem, there are two flowers, and just after the split, we can see the two ovaries at the base of the flower buds.  When the seeds are fertilized, they will develop into the fruit.
 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 09)  In this photo we have a  look at one of the leaves and some of the flower buds of the tartarian honeysuckle.  The leaves are simple, smooth, and oval-shaped with pointed tips. They grow opposite one another on the branches.  Tartarian honey suckle is an northern Asian native that was imported into the United States.

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 10)  Note that the tartarian honeysuckle has fully developed leaves before the flowers open.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 10a)  At the upper right of the photo, we can see that there is new growth starting at the end of the tartarian honeysuckle branch, before the flower bud open.

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 10b)  This is a close up look at more of the pairs of tartarian honeysuckle flower buds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 11)  This is another look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flower buds.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 11a)  This is a closer look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flower buds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 12)  In this photo, we have a good view of a tartarian honeysuckle branch and some of the flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 12a)  This is a closer look at the surface of an older tartarian honeysuckle branch.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 12b)  This is another close up look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 13)  This is another look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 13a)  The combination of light and shadow adds an interesting perspective to these tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 14)  These are two pairs of newly opened tartarian honeysuckle flowers.  Well, almost.  One of the buds has not yet opened.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 14a)  This is a closer look at the pair of tartarian honeysuckle flowers with one opened flower and the other still in its bud stage of development.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 14b)  This is a closer look at the fully opened pair of tartarian honeysuckle flowers.  So often we wonder at the way a person will make oohs and ahs over a flower that doesn't feel any pain, and at the same time have a total disconnect about the horrible suffering of the animal whose remains are upon their body or plate.  God created so much beauty in everything He made so that we would be able to make the connection, and never be the cause of pain or suffering.

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 15)  We don't even cut any of the flowers or bushes we photograph for these photo journal series, for we want to preserve their beauty for as long as God intended.  Such is the case with this tartarian honeysuckle whose branch we stead in the wind to record its splendor.
 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 15a)  This is a closer look at the uncut beauty of the tartarian honeysuckle flowers.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 16)  This is a photo of some of the unripe fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle bush.  The two pairs in the foreground have not developed.  We wonder if perhaps the flowers were knocked off before they has a chance to be fertilized.

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 16a)  This is a closer look at some of the unripe fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 17)  This is another look at some of the unripe fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 17a)  This is another close up look at some of the unripe fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 18)  This is another view of some of the unripe fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 19)  By early summer the fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle begins to ripen into bright shinny red berries.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 20)  In this photo, we can see the various stages of ripening of the tartarian honeysuckle fruit.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 20a)  In this close up photo of the fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle, we can see how the fruit ripens from the dull green to a shinny orange (lower left) to the fully ripened shinny red berries (upper right).

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 21)  As the days pass the fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle continues to ripen.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 21a)  This is a close up look at the fruit of the tartarian honeysuckle.

 

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 22)  This is another look at some of the tartarian honeysuckle fruit.

 

 

 

 

(Tartarian Honeysuckle - 22a)  This is a close up look at two of the ripe tartarian honeysuckle berries, with one undeveloped fruit still hanging on to another stem.

 

 

 

 

 

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