In spring there are Hyacinths . . .
. . . and Hazel catkins . . .
Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana contorta) which gives sweet Hazel nuts
Our Helleborus niger - Christmas rose - flowers in March!
Our Holly tree (Ilex'Golden King') flowers in early spring . . .
. . . attracting the Holly blue butterfly (Celastrina argiolus)
. . . here seen on Ivy (Hedera)
Holly berries are greenish-white in early summer . . .
. . . ripening in early autumn . . .
. . . and providing winter food for blackbirds and thrushes, particularly the redwing.
Heathers, pink and white, offer nectar early in the year to provide sustenance for early bees.
Heather or Winter Heath (Erica carnea)
Before the winter, Honesty flowers and will produce transparent seed pods, attractive to flower arrangers. Honesty (Lunaria annua) is known as 'Money Plant' in South-east Asia and 'Silver Dollars' in the States.
Honesty (Lunaria annua) self-seeds freely
Honeysuckle gives fragrance to the garden and attracts many insects . . .
Late spring and summer bring Hordes of Hoverflies . . .
Hoverfly(syrphid fly or flower fly) on pyracantha . . .
. . . and occasionally a Hornet (Vespa crabro) a large social wasp wasp that looks frightening but is much gentler than its smaller cousins.
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) have been scarce this summer. Normally we see dozens at a time collecting nectar . . .
. . . like this one on Ceanothus (Californian lilac)
Day lilies (Hemerocallis) add colour and interest . . .
. . . and so do mophead or lacecap Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)
My final H is for Hanging baskets, in which grow a variety of plants, from lobelia and petunias, to pansies and strawberries and tomatoes.
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