My A-Z posts this year are based on my garden – flowers, animals, the birds and the bees, butterflies - with a bit of poetry thrown in. For some letters I am expecting to cheat somewhat – wishing they were here.
I – Ilex, Ivy, Iris, Impatiens
The holly and the ivy, now are both well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.
I feel quite justified in including holly under ‘I’ as the Latin name for it is Ilex. Our garden holly bush is well manicured but the blackbirds have left a berry or two – you just have to look hard enough.
We can’t claim to have an ivy hedge like this:
This is the best we can manage growing from next door.
Blue Tits (see B) using this nesting box will be happier when the ivy surrounding it grows to provide a bit more cover.
We have a few blue irises in the garden.
But we had to go to Cornwall to find some yellow ones.
|Yellow Iris - Cornwall|
Impatiens glandulifera is a grand sounding name but it masks an invasive species imported to the UK.
|Indian (Himalayan) Balsam|
Fortunately we have none in the garden. It has however started to swamp some local woods,
These are the impatiens we prefer to see,
|Busy Lizzies (Impatiens)|
These annual plants are available in many colours and bloom non-stop until the autumn. There is no need to get impatient with them.
- The Holly and the Ivy – English traditional Christmas Carol
- Ivy Hedge - Public Domain Images
- Busy Lizzies – Andrew Fogg; CC BY 2.0.