Saturday, February 14, 2009

winter ivy

In the winter, you look for color wherever you can find it.

English ivy is a introduced species much like ourselves. It can take over a plot of ground much like ourselves. It's tenacious. It's relentless. It dominates and eventually crowds out or kills the native plants including the trees. It takes no hostages. How friendly is that?

In the end, you are left with nothing but ivy, so goes the biodiversity, and the parcel that remains is known as an "ivy desert."


Crafty Green Poet said...

interestingly it behaves like that here where its native too!

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Well hello. crafty green poet.

I've never heard from Scotland, which I picture to be as green as it is here in the mountains of Tennessee, perhaps more so.

I hope you are able to beat back the ivy with a stick. But it would take a big stick.