Saturday, December 9, 2017

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly”.
                Whenever I plant Holly bushes for customers I tell them to wait until Christmas time to prune them. Nothing in the botanical world says Christmas like Holly. Whenever Christmas art is out lined with greenery, it’s usually done with Holly. If evergreen sprigs are used, there are a couple of pinecones in there somewhere. But Holly for some reason has the monopoly on all things vegetationally Christmas. And if you wish to purchase some of this nostalgic greenery I’m sure you’ll have to pass the cash through both nostrils at the checkout.  

            You can avoid this rather painful experience by either growing a couple Holly bushes of your own; or offering to prune your neighbor’s.

            If you choose to grow your own you will be confronted with several species, which I won’t go into at this time. But the ones you may want are the ones named “Holly Blue” or just Holly “prince” or ”princess”. The Holly Blue has the darkest leaves; and in my humble opinion is the nicest looking of the two.

        Maybe you’ve noticed that I am using the words “some” and “couple” when talking about holly. This species of Holly is either male or female; unlike all other plants that are both male and female. If you want the red berries you will need a male with in 400 feet of your red berry producing female.

        The leaves when picked will last the Christmas season. They will dry out and become brittle in a couple weeks, but if you don’t touch them they will display nicely. The berries on the other hand will be shriveled up; you will need a couple of cuttings of them to keep a fresher looking display. So pace yourself with what berries are available to you.

        A word of warning; holly berries are poisonous. Not a keel over and die type poisonous, but they will make young children sick if they eat more than five. So you might want to put substantial separation between the red berries and the red M&Ms.      

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