~ Season’s Greenings ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

When we moved into our home thirty-three years ago, I discovered a copse of holly (Ilex aquifolium) in the back yard. As I worked the grounds, whenever I found other holly starts, I transplanted them into the copse. Now the stand has grown to be taller than my two-story house, as you can surmise from this shot of today’s vase sitting on the (second floor) deck railing in front of the holly grove. I love that it provides year-round shelter and habitat for many native and migrating birds.

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Back to the vase!  I tried four other options but this inexpensive highball glass filled with water worked best for these top-heavy stems.

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The chartreuse of Mexican orange (Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’) adds lightness and contrast to the posy, and a branch of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) fills in with clusters of bright red berries.

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Once again, thank you Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, for giving me an excuse to slog through the slush of my environs to find beauty near my doorstep!

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“Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown”

From Sharp’s English Folk-Carols (1911), the publication that first established the current words and melody:[1]

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5 Responses to ~ Season’s Greenings ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

  1. Cathy says:

    For some reason the pictures are missing, Lindy, so I can only guess at what your highball glass and your stand of holly trees look like – the image number (eg IMG_7307) is shown, but nothing else…

  2. Cathy says:

    Yes, the lovely photos were definitely needed to show off those lovely vibrant colours!

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