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  1. Wannabe

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    I have recently moved into a new house and inherited a garden that I can not wait to get my teeth into there is a lovely smelling climber in flower now I wonder if anyone could help identify it? Ideally I want to move it and knowing what it is could help me not kill it

    thanks

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    It is Lonicera sp...common name Honeysuckle.
    Not sure which one.
    The ones that flower now tend to be shrubs rather than climbers.
    Climbers either have tendrils to cling, or the stems twist to grow up.
    Possible ones.... Lonicera fragrantissima. Lonicera purpusii...see pics below
    I love the scent from winter flowering honeysuckle...enjoy.

    LONICERA  PURPUSII  WINTER  BEAUTY 14-01-2007 11-06-46.JPGLONICERA  PURPUSII  WINTER  BEAUTY 27-01-2007 12-23-56.JPGLONICERA  PURPUSII 18-02-2015 09-55-24.JPGLONICERA  PURPUSII 18-02-2015 09-56-00.JPGLONICERA  PURPUSII 18-02-2015 09-56-12.JPG
     
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      I thought the same as @Silver surfer when I saw your photos, @Wannabe. Looks just like my Lonicera fragrantissima, it started flowering about a week ago. Mine grows to a height of around 7-8 ft and yours seems located close to a trellis, which may have led you to think it was a climber. Fantastic pollinator-friendly shrub which provides a great nectar source for bees and occasionally hoverflies early in the year when not much else may be around locally! :dbgrtmb:

      Lonicera fragrantissima | winter-flowering honeysuckle Shrubs/RHS Gardening

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          No, I can't distinguish them either, they seem similar in so many ways, I know purpusii is a hybrid of fragrantissima. These recent milder winters mean mine is flowering on bare branches less and less, which is a shame as they are such floriferous shrubs and look absolutely beautiful without leaves!

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            I have three different ones: L purpusii is the most floriferous; had a bit of sulk though this year and not really flowering much at the moment. All three of mine grow as freestanding shrubs and shown no inclination to climb.
             
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              What is your 3rd one...I can only think of Lonicera x purpusii Winter Beauty with white flowers.

              Lonicera setifera is pink fading white...everything is very bristly..see pics.

              LONICERA  SETIFERA 24-01-2009 13-12-09.jpgLONICERA  SETIFERA 17-05-2010 16-29-24.jpgLONICERA  SETIFERA 19-05-2007 17-50-56.jpgLONICERA  SETIFERA 19-12-2007 15-00-55.jpgLONICERA  SETIFERA 20-12-2007 13-59-33.jpgLONICERA  SETIFERA 20-12-2007 14-01-11.jpg
               
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                I have L fragrantissima, bought as L standishii, L elisae flowers later in the winter and L purpusii which is the most vigorous.
                 
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                  Love Lonicera elisae...pics below.
                  One of Roy Lancasters recommended plants several years ago.
                  Flowers start creamy yellow fading to white.LONICERA  ELISAE 02-03-2009 14-34-04.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 04-03-2011 17-07-59.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 05-06-2013 18-19-41.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 07-03-2009 11-30-02.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 07-03-2011 16-48-54.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 07-03-2011 16-49-12.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 11-03-2012 12-09-26.JPGLONICERA  ELISAE 20-04-2009 15-00-29.JPG
                   
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                    This is Lonicera Standishii...another winter flowering shrub.
                    Starts pink.
                    Such a shame my present garden is too small to grow all these.
                    Pics below from old garden.

                    LONICERA  STANDISHII 07-04-2008 13-03-22.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 10-01-2007 12-45-16.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 10-01-2007 12-46-11.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 10-11-2007 10-33-14.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 10-11-2007 10-33-27.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 15-11-2007 14-28-26.JPGLONICERA  STANDISHII 07-04-2008 12-50-55.JPG
                     
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                      Apologies forgot my manners.
                      Welcome to the forums Wannabe
                       
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                      • Wannabe

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                        Thank you so much! Blimey you lot are good
                         
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                          Welcome to Gardeners Corner @Wannabe !
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                            Thank you! So excited for a new garden
                             
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                              Welcome to the forum! I wish some of those winter lovely climbers would grow over here but our climate is far too cold for many plants to survive a particularly cold season.

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