Monday, February 15, 2010

The Color Green is for HOPE

Green Ivy in my yard - captured 2008 in Charleston SC

Any plant of the genus Hedera,

with about five species of evergreen woody vines (rarely shrubs), in the ginseng family (Araliaceae). The name ivy especially denotes the commonly grown English ivy (H. helix), which climbs by aerial roots with adhering disks that develop on the stems. English ivy is frequently planted to clothe brick walls. The stems bear leaves with three to five lobes; as the stems reach the top of their support, they become horizontal or hang, sometimes developing unlobed (entire) leaves and small greenish flowers. Numerous cultivated and geographical varieties of H. helix exist, including many with variegated leaves. Native to Europe and much of Asia, this genus has been introduced into many parts of the world.

Many varieties of ivy are cultivated in gardens. Growing them is an extremely simple matter, as they will thrive in a poor soil and endure a considerable depth of shade, so that they may with advantage be planted under trees. For example, the common Irish ivy (a variety of H. helix) is often used as a ground cover beneath large trees where grass has difficulty in thriving. A strong light is detrimental to the growth of ivy, but there are few hardy plants that may be compared with it for variety and beauty that will endure shade equally well. Ivies, in their many forms, are also popular houseplants.

A question of practical importance is the relation of the ivy plant to its means of support. A moderate growth of ivy is not injurious to trees; still, the tendency is from the first unfavourable to the prosperity of the tree, and at a certain stage it becomes deadly. Therefore thegrowth of ivy on trees should be kept within reasonable bounds. In regard to buildings clothed with ivy, there is nothing to be feared as long as the plant does not penetrate the substance of the wall by means of any fissure. Should it thrust its way in, its natural and continuous expansion hastens the decay of the structure. For unrelated plants called ivies, see Boston ivy; poison ivy.

Hi my friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments, compliments and good wishes. I very much appreciate that.

I wish you a good start in the new week .

Sunshine to you!


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Dario Ferrari Photos said...

Hi Susanne!!

What a wonderfull photo!! very very nice colours..!

Hope all is quite ok..


Yvi said...

Hi Susanne,

tolle Farbe das Grün...tut gut sowas zu sehen...ausser grau...

Alles Liebe für Euch!


Susanne49 said...

Ciao Dario,
thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.:)

Susanne49 said...

Vielen Dank fuer deinen Kommentar, liebe Yvi.

Dein Name ist Yvi und mein Post heute ist ueber die "Ivy"... beinahe dasselbe in der Schreibweise :)

A Lady's Life said...

I have lots of ivy every where I love it

Linda Schaffer said...

Green is one of my favorite colors! I've heard that there's so much green here on earth to help remind us that we're "here for a reason,"--to remind us that we have a purpose.

So to know it's the color for HOPE fits right in with why I love it so much. Plus, it's super soothing to look at.

Susanne49 said...

Yes, Ivy's are looking nice, I just don't like all the spiders and other bugs living under the leaves :)
Thanks for commenting "My Lady"

Susanne49 said...

You are so right with your words, Lynda, very nice told.

Thanks for commenting.

Kimberly said...

A fantastic representation of the color great. Great lighting.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Kimberley!

The Retired One said...

It is so healthy and shiny and with a lovely green luster...great to see when all here is white!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much, Joan!

Photography Course said...

Nice Photograph.. It's also serves as an inspiration, from the title itself.. Thanks.
Belated Happy Valentines day to all

Susanne49 said...

Thanks @ Photography Course

for the kind Valentine's Day wishes and thanks for the great compliment to my post. Very much appreciated, special when it comes from such great folks like you are!!!:)


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