To my mind there is nothing more festive at this time of the year than bright red berries against spiky green leaves. A wreath of holly on your door at christmas gives a lot of cheer.
Holly is native to Britain and ever green and can grow up to 10 meters if not cut.
- Makes a splendid hedge.
- Quite a few varieties: Golden King-Silver Queen to name but two.
- You can mix berries in moist sand...leave for a year, tuning them every once in a while.
- Sow them in a pot, sand and all, the following spring.
- Be patient because they can be very slow.
- Holly is dioecious ( either male or female) so you will not get berries in every case.
- Fertilized female flowers develop into shiny red berries
- Trees will not flower for the first twenty years.
- Prune holly with secateurs only.
I collect holly plants from under Holly hedges. You will be surprised at how many you will find poking through the ground come Spring.
In the garden, this week you should
- Dig out your annuals and turning over the soil
- Plant any trees and shrubs before it snows
- If it does snow, clear as much as possible from branches. Snow can be very heavy and break branches. Shake the snow off your shrubs and polly tunnels.