Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ivy - a study

It has been sunny this afternoon, so I have been playing with the macro lens again. There aren't many flowers about, but plenty of buds and new shoots - the hellebores are just about ready to burst into a floral chorus ion the next week or two.

The best photos of the afternoon, however, have turned out to be of something which I haven't planted - wild ivy growing up a cherry near the end of the garden, and a visitor from next doo, which clothes some of the fencing. The sun brings out the beautiful colour of the stem.

A useful plant for wildlife, flowering late in the year when nectar is scarce, and providing berries. Natural England lists the animals which use ivy.


Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Your Ivy photos are great. I remember when I lived in Berkshire there were Ivy every where and I loved it. I have planted a lot of it now here in Vaxholm where I live now and I hope it will thrive. It has such a nice winter green foliage.


easygardener said...

The leaves are very attractive in the first picture especially.
I foolishly removed some ivy from my garden and have regretted it ever since, particularly when I found out how good it was for wildlife.

Nutty Gnome said...

Why does your ivy look so much nicer than mine?
Mine is all straggly and feeble!

Anna said...

I must admit to sometimes cursing the ivy in my garden, but it is good to think that so many creatures appreciate it. The stem is a most attractive colour.

Titania said...

I love Ivy. The trouble is here it grows very rapidly and can get quickly out of hand. The photos are simply beautiful.

this is my patch said...

What a great link, I have saved it in my favourites. I am very interested to know what lives in ivy, I have so much of it as ground cover in my garden. x