At least 15 years ago I bought a holly wreath for my front door and after Christmas, as it still looked so fresh, I stuck a few of the holly pieces into pots of cutting compost. All that growing season nothing happened although the shoots remained healthy looking. We moved house, the pots came too … More The holly bears a berry, as red as any blood.
Today is the shortest day, the winter solstice, when for us Northern hemisphere dwellers the sun is at its most southerly point and there are fewest daylight hours. To those in the south, this is obviously reversed. So as far as I’m concerned, it’s nearly Spring! In Celtic mythology, today is the day when the … More Solstice
The postboys 1834 Interesting trees, hollies. Both male and female trees bear flowers, and they need insects to pollinate them and birds to spread the berries, as they have to pass through the bird’s gut before they germinate. This is why little hollies can appear in gardens where there are no trees nearby. Once grown, … More The wood of the holly, not Hollywood!