|Ivy in flower with a calliphorid fly|
Byfield Pocket Park
|Fruiting Ivy in Byfield Pocket Park|
|Yellow-berried Hollies are frequently planted but|
rarely feature on Christmas cards.
Holly, as a native plant, is rare in Northamptonshire and all trees noted are likely to have been planted or derived (as bird-sown plants) from gardens, churchyards and so on.
George Druce's Northamptonshire flora, published in 1930 makes no mention of Mistletoe, from which we may conclude that it is not native to our county, where it remains a scarce plant. The only specimen of which I know in the Byfield area is on an apple tree in my garden, where I "sowed" it some 7-8 years ago. Ivy is a different matter of course, being so abundant that some would accord it weed status.
|Mistletoe on an apple tree in my|
with Ivy on the right.