DAY 176 (28 SEPTEMBER) – Ivy (Hedera helix) (Farnham)
I stopped at an unremarkable-looking bush this morning, because of the delicious smell of honey around it. And I wasn’t the only one drawn to these flowers. It seems the entire local population of worker honey bees and bumblebees thought it was the best place to hang out.
It turns out ivy nectar and pollen are used to make ivy honey, described on one website as “strong and somewhat unpleasant” at first but, they say, it tastes better with time. It is said to have antibacterial qualities, good for both coughs and gastritis.
The nectar is, well, nectar for the countless bees, as it’s available late summer to late autumn – when other food sources are scarce.