When I think about homes and the ones that I gravitate to, one thing is constant, I love homes that are adorned with ivy. I love the softness that the free flowing vine and the color of the ivy leaves adds to the hardscape materials of stone, brick or stucco. When I travel, my eye is always drawn to any home or building that is adorned with ivy. To me ivy growing on a home is like the jewelry that "makes an outfit." The dress may be lovely, but the right jewelry completes the look.
In Eze, France a few years ago, I took what seems like hundreds of pictures of homes and other buildings. In looking at the pictures this morning, I realized that all of the homes I chose to capture in photos are ivy covered!
Whenever I move to a new home, the ivy that I always plant is known in the U.S. as "Boston Ivy." It is fast-growing, has lovely, glossy dark green leaves which change to a dark orange and red color in the Fall. In the winter, the leaves are gone but the ivy vine and small berries still add texture to home exteriors.
MH and I used to disagree about the prudence of planting Boston Ivy to grow on the exterior of our home. Over time, he's "given in" to this love of mine even though some people feel that the ivy can damage a home. I keep the ivy on our home "trained" though and shape it to only cover the areas that I choose. I don't let it run wild over my home even though I love that look!
When I look at my pictures of the ancient ivy-covered homes in Eze, I wonder, how then have these homes survived the ivy without damage for hundreds of years?
Newly planted Boston Ivy on the front of My Faux French Chateau.
My Faux French Chateau with newly planted Boston Ivy on the left and right corners of the front.
I'm pruning and training the ivy to grow along the right front edge of MFFC and around the curve of the decorative stone arch over the windows.
Here are some of my inspiration home pictures from Eze, France!
Ivy covered French stucco and stone home with French Bleu shutters!
Stone home covered in ivy and climbing roses.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Au revoir, Mitty