Ivy, Hedera helix is a native climber common to most areas of the British Isles. It is not native to Scotland but pollen has been found in interglacial deposits indicating it was once part of the flora. Hedera is the name that has been used for Ivy since ancient times and the species name helix… Continue reading Plant Portrait …and the Ivy
Our native Holly, Ilex aquifolium, decked out in its distinctive red fruits brings to mind winter weather, festive gatherings and decorative wreaths. It has been used for centuries to protect homes from evil spirits and as a fertility symbol, indeed the Romans sent Holly branches with presents during the festival of Saturnalia. Various names of… Continue reading The Holly and….