I went out to photograph the ivy buds today and found a bonus. Do you see the tiny praying mantis? That little baby, only 1" long, was very curious about what I was doing; his eyes followed my every move, but he didn't seem scared. He sat still and posed just for me.
Have you ever seen ivy bloom like this? Until two years ago, I had not ever seen that. The first time my ivy budded, I thought there was something wrong with it.....lol. I asked a horticulturalist friend and she said it happens to "mature" ivy. Mine qualifies for that, I guess. It has been growing here on this fence for 24 years, and as you can see, it has formed a dense mat which very little can penetrate. Before long, those tiny buds will open in a profusion of pale yellowish blooms, and will eventually drop seed all over my deck - where it can not do what it is meant to - make new plants.
I wonder if it knows it is blooming for nothing?
Please take a moment today to remember the people who died in the attacks on 9/11. We must never forget.