Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica is an evergreen, and a fast growing climbing vine with fragrant trumpet-like flowers. Humming birds and butterflies are attracted to its sweetly scented creamy yellow and purple-tinged flowers. The dried flowers ( jīn yín huā, literally “gold silver flower in Chinese) are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat certain ailments.
Here is a glimpse of “before and after” from today’s post. The leaf stained green, perhaps due to tannin; the flowers stained yellow, and light to dark chocolate from the stems. I am surprised and happy with the results. I am thrilled to share.
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