|Ilex aquifolium ‘Golden van Tol’|
I revealed my addiction to variegated plants and forgot to mention what a weed holly seedlings are in my cemetery gardens
I will be reporting on my holly cuttings soon
Significant in nature, if allowed to become rampant in a garden it is a considerable nuisance
|The holly and the ivy.... Just holly prunings popped in. Ironically the ivy was an unrooted decoration put in two years previously!|
My old lilac is still surviving the ivy and the nearby honey fungus infected stump. Brenda predicts its demise every year
|I am getting too old to prune this back every year|
|January source of pollen and nectar|
|With no support...|
Not usually associated with Christmas, this plant brightens our conservatory in the festive season
Rather a false claim as it's flowering rarely naturally hits Christmas when grown in the home. Our five plants, each of different colour, flower twice a year in our east facing conservatory in November and February.
|The blackcap has transformed the UK distribution of mistletoe|
I was fascinated when I researched this plant that a parasite could be so ecologically significant.
I suggested in the title that its parasitic mechanism had separately evolved in many different plant families around the world. Although I am comfortable with the idea of parallel evolution, with my new interest in hybridity I now provocatively wonder if nature’s evolutionary discoveries are shared.
I discovered Jonathan Briggs’ fine Mistletoe blog and his most recent post explains how to grow this wonderful plant.
When sliced calamondin oranges are frozen in ice cubes they will flavour your Christmas drink
Another false claim as a Christmas plant. Ours carries fruits for at least four months through the Winter but is particularly welcome in December. Brenda says that this year when Christmas is gone she will make some marmalade.
This is the fifth year my amaryllis has flowered
Another ‘cheat’ but our amarylis is going to hit Christmas day ‘spot on’ this year. It also qualifies as Christmas plant in that many stockings will include a fat bulb. At least half are doomed to die in poor light although they do usually make their first (and last) flowers.