If you have Cape Honeysuckle, you should be seeing some blooms, or the beginning buds by late November. Unfortunately, if you're a neat gardener, and especially if you do your trimming with power tools, you may be taking away any chance of blooms.
So, put away the power hedge trimmer, and stop and take a look. The beginning flower bud doesn't look a whole lot different from an emerging leaf, but if you look closely, you will begin to recognize the difference.
I use a bypass pruner, and sometimes I just pinch the leaf tips with my fingers. But I leave the emerging buds alone! Well, I try to.
|Emerging Cape Honeysuckle flower bud. Don't cut it off!|
Cape Honeysuckle will flower profusely all winter. Oh yeah, and hummingbirds love them, too!