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Joy’s excellent photos of Red Admiral butterflies topping up on nectar from Ivy flowers suggested that Ivy, which is just now coming into flower, would be a good topic for further exploration. Ivy can present problems, as when it gets into the tops of trees and makes them more vulnerable to winter gales, and when it forms a continuous cover on the ground, excluding all other growth. However, when growing on a south facing rock outcrop or tree trunk, receiving enough sunshine, it goes into flowering mode and from October to December these bushy growths will have an abundance of spiky yellow flowers. This is a time of year when most of the flowers have finished for the year and many of the ins

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