Monthly Archives January 2015

Ivy – Knowing when to leave it, knowing when to intervene

Ivy (Hedera helix) is England’s only evergreen climber / liana and provides year round foliage and cover for a variety of wildlife. This is why, along with Holly, it is revered in folk lore for its capacity to remain green even in the very depths of winter. However, Ivy is not just for Christmas! It flowers late in the season, September, and being rich in pollen and nectar is a vital ‘fuelling up store’ for a wide range of overwintering invertebrates including Red Admiral, Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies (shown here), numerous hoverfly and bee species. Ivy foliage is also a vital
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