jolly holly

November 25, 2010

in Plants

Holly Tree   |   Mesmerising Moments

The fat stem is slightly too much for small secateurs, impatient leather-gloved hands work in tandem.

The stem falls, sticking to jumper. Serves me right.  I twist to grasp, unhook (carefully) and whisper.

“You’re not for the compost heap, you’ve more important work as shelter and home before returning to earth.”

Each stem joining a tympanic orchestra, cascading down the growing pile on the same sweet note.

The shorter plant reveals the rose’s little secret, backed against the concrete plinth a jolly shining holly-ling.


This picture was taken during this Mesmerising Moment on a mobile phone camera.


Being a bit of a lazy gardener, more content to watch than make tidy, I love finding new plants. Plants that have dropped there, flown in on the wind, like the plum tree or the cherry tree.

And the tidying up I do, well, some of that’s not too tidy either. I like to leave brush piles here and there. The creatures love it. How could I refuse?

You can find out more about how to create a wildlife friendly garden on the RSPB website.

(Oh, and tap rose stems together gently and hear the note…)


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