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Mike's Blog - Day 283

Christmas Day.

The “Holly and the Ivy”…..

Ok its hardly laden with berries, but something a bit different. This is the yellow berried holly, Ilex aquifolium “Bacciflava”.

Here is a close-up.

It’s maybe a bit shady where it is but it is close to a holly hedge, so this female variety does get pollinated there or it would never have berries.

Ivy is so common we almost take it for granted, but it flowers very late in the year and provides a valuable nectar source well into November and December. Where it grows on trees or walls it makes a great habitat for small birds such as wrens as well as insects.

All’s well in the garden this morning. The sheep got their Christmas treat, some fresh hay (it smells great) now the ground is frozen.

Best wishes, and Merry Christmas,

Mike