#wordlesswednesday- honey in the garden

Glistening in the sunshine, Euphorbia Mellifera stopped me in my tracks today. Such a strong honey scent.  You feel you could almost spread it on toast! No wonder it is commonly called honey spurge. 

Grows in: sun/part shade up to 2m hight/spread

Flowers: March to May 

Soil: well drained

Hardiness: Needs winter protection. I throw fleece over the plant in January. 

Best for: making a dramatic statement. An architectural or structure plant. Stands out in the border. Evergreen leaves with red edge and white central stripe. 

Obtained from: crocus mail order

Warnings: not edible, despite the scent. Wear gloves as the milky sap is a potential irritant. 

What’s looking good in your garden today? 

13 thoughts on “#wordlesswednesday- honey in the garden

    • Would you believe it, I’m eating honey on toast in the potting shed right now! Trying to build up energy for the 900 containers I’ve got to plant up for customers. They are all lined up in the paddock. Eeek! Ooh, there’s the first cuckoo in the wood at the back of the house. Such a lovely sound. Enjoy your weekend Cathy xxx


  1. hello karen gimson its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay yooforbia!!! my dada luvs yooforbia and plantid a hole buntch of it wen he and mama and tucker and trixie and trouble and pooh bear moovd into there howse in kalifornya!!! unfortchoonatly he didnt antisipayt that beeing in the bottom of a kanyon we wood git hard frosts and it killd most of the yooforbia the first yeer so now he just has a fyoo in shelterd lokayshuns way to do yore reesertch dada!!! ha ha ok bye

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  2. WHAT a lovely website! Thank you, Karen for reading the introduction to “Song of the Nightingale” today. I am a poor gardener, but do have a lovely 2sd year rose garden. I will be back often to your site, as I have such a yearning for the Spring! Here in Atlanta the honeysuckle is in bloom, and the smell can stop you in your morning tracks. I will look for your honey spurge.

    We have two evergreen bushes in the front yard….that are big mushroom like works. They have a wonderful scent sometime in the summer, but the foliage is tiny, waxy unattractive flowers UNDER the leaves. I have grown to call this bush “Sweet Bush”, but I am sure that’s not its name. Would you be familiar with this Sweet Bush?

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  3. My Euphorbia has a very much darker leaf, starts flowering when things do where I live and goes on into October. It follows the same cluster pattern of flowers your picture shows and the same ‘health’ warnings apply.

    I’m hoping a sapling bit that broke off will take root in another area of the garden. Not sure how flexible they are with being plonked into anywhere, even if all other circumstances are fairly similar to the parent plant. We’ll have to see…

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    • Yours sounds lovely too. Mine is ever so easy to propagate- I just stick a piece in the ground and it grows. I actually planted this in the front garden and somehow the seeds got round the back. The front garden one died over the winter, but the back garden one is thriving. Plants seem to just grow where they want to here. Thanks for reading and getting in touch. All the best with your garden.


  4. I’ll have to be on the look out for honey spurge – or should that be sniff out? Our evening walk yesterday was lengthened by regular halts while we identified where the fragrances were coming from – magnolias and confederate jasmine, mainly.

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    • Sounds just like us Susan. We stood stock still last night in the driveway and turned this way and that trying to identify a gorgeous scent. It was a white Pom Pom viburnum. Such a wonderful scent. Wafting right from the other end of the front garden. Enjoy your evening walk tonight. It’s sunny here and the honeysuckle is just starting to flower.

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