I wasn’t sure if I was going to join in with Christina’s Foliage Day meme this month but then a foliage focussed ramble found me admiring the seasonal foliage of Nandina ‘Obsession’ and Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, pausing beside this wayward strand of ivy staking its claim on the fence and making a bid for freedom prior to being ousted, before deciding to showcase the ubiquitous presence of ivy in the garden instead.
You probably don’t recognise this part of the garden at the back of the sheds, the gate on the right opening into the compost area and the gap on the left being where the garden dog-legs and turns at right angles. This wall is built from reclaimed brick and the windows are from my parents’ old front door; most of the ivy here was deliberately planted and I love to see it against the brickwork:
This vintage lady is reclining in a bath of ivy which covers part of the woodland floor, where it is restricted to the side nearest the hedge and pulled up when it trespasses.
Also in the woodland, ivy is demonstrating its ability to climb by taking advantage of the slim silver birch that stands topless after the wind decapitated it a few years ago when two taller trees that had been sheltering it were removed:
Taking advantage of a similar support, the original dead plum tree and the support that was…well, supporting it have been obliterated by ivy but in doing so the ivy has become treelike in its own right, the pictures showing in turn the lower and upper parts. You can walk behind this structure which acts as a kind of ivy archway.
We can’t forget our hedge, which although largely holly and remnants of ancient hawthorn is home also to masses of ivy which trails attractively downwards till it is time to keep it in check and an annual Christmas wreath for the front door just doesn’t require enough ivy to do this. A major cull of the hedgeline takes place around this time although quite oddly this year our neighbour has decided to complain about the routine maintenance that the Golfer has begun this weekend – but that’s another story.
Ivy, I love it – in the right place that is, and I have learned in recent years when enough is enough and removed it where it has become too excitable. As foliage goes it is indispensable for its greenery and variegation, and as such it is my humble contribution to the GBFD meme this month. Thank you to Christina for hosting.