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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Harvesting Holly

I posted in September that the two holly bushes would be removed and the area planted with more heat/drought tolerant plants.  I kept the bushes through autumn in hopes of harvesting some holly for Christmas decorations.  This afternoon was warm and calm.  I collected a bucket of holly branches.  There is water in there too.  Hopefully, I'll put together something beautiful and creative from them.  Next spring, the bushes will come out.


7 comments:

  1. What a great idea. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

    I miss all of our many flowering plants from the old house, but we are blessed with many mature hollies here and they are currently loaded with bright, red berries.

    Wishing you Thanksgiving blessings.

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  2. I've always wanted holly but have never planted any and I really don't have room now. I've always loved the plant and the red berries . . . it's one of my favorite decorating pieces at Christmas -- especially when I can find REAL holly.

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  3. My friend had a holly plant. .but it never had berries on it. .probably needed a cross pollinator. .Hers was HUGE. .they took it out a couple summers ago. .I have always wanted to plant one too. .but never have. .I was never sure I wanted to try to baby it along. Enjoy that fresh greenery for the season!

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  4. Don't forget to post your holly jolly creations!

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  5. When I lived in a warmer climate we had a huge holly bush in the front yard. I don't remember doing anything creative with its prickly leaves though. It will be interesting to see what you do with yours.

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  6. Good you kept them for the holiday. I have been making holly wreaths and kissing balls for days now at the farm, but they are really beautiful in arrangements too. Holly is so versatile, but does dry out inside rather quickly.

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  7. Holly just doesn't winter over here. It is an interesting plant but I rarely see it except when the sell little pieces of it or of course the plastic stuff.

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