Ivy

 

Walking around Hornsea today I was struck by the number of surfaces covered by ivy. As a seaside town with an elderly population there are many houses and gardens with ivy that have been allowed to dominate areas. I’m rather fond of ivy, but it has become a plant many avoid as it can take over a garden and then need regular maintenance. My partner won’t allow me to plant any in our own garden for that reason, but behind us is a jungle of ivy allowing moths, caterpillars, spiders to multiply.

However ivy has many benefits. It provides all year round habitats for many creatures. It is an excellent source of nectar late in the year for insects. Despite popular opinion it doesn’t necessarily kill trees or harm buildings. In some cases it can protect.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141008-why-should-i-love-ivy

 

But apart from anything else around Hornsea it is providing a burst of green as the other leaves disappear.

In the closest park to our house it is providing some ground cover as well as adding to the habitats on the trees.

 

In the Hornsea memorial garden it is providing a breeding ground for ladybirds.

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In Hall Garth park it is adding the coat to the trees, providing pollen for insects, providing a home for a multitude of spiders and as a result feeding many birds.

 

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So all in all a very useful plant.

Oh roses for the flush of youth,
And laurel for the perfect prime;
But pluck an ivy branch for me
Grown old before my time.

Christina Rossetti

 

Polly’s path

For a while I’ve been interested in a little snicket named Polly’s path. It runs out of the carpark of Hornsea Freeport, a small retail centre of mainly outdoor clothes shops. Today my partner is sadly very ill. She’s had a temperature over night and little sleep. She’s too weak to look after Alice. So today I just went into work to get set up for supply and then came home. I took this opportunity to go out on a long walk with Alice to give Amy a rest.

We wandered down paths I’d not explored yet and eventually found our way to Freeport and Polly’s path. Polly’s path took us down a delightful little tree lined snicket. Along the way I found a few conkers for my Autumn tray in school.

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At the end of the path I discovered a small cemetery, Edenfield cemetery. The cemetery has some wonderful flower displays and a nice aisle of trees planted in memory of former loved ones.

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Among the graves a pair of robins hopped and grey squirrels bounded around.

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Alice spent the time fighting going to sleep. She doesn’t like to miss anything.

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A nice little find and cut through on our walk.

We returned back home via the mere.

Along the way we saw many wasps going mad for the ivy.

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And the sheep passed the time of day with us.

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The birds were out in force with several people feeding them.

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