Holly, mistletoe and ivy

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7 comments for “Holly, mistletoe and ivy

  1. Bill
    December 7, 2018 at 14:10

    What have the Romans ever done for us?
    Tis interesting clicking through to the pages those links take one too and just as interesting to click through to the references used to compile the info presented and see where there root lies. Roman or Christian.

    Here there are half a dozen ivy plants and two hollies in the potted garden that inhabits the concrete yard at the rear and a pair of hollies one that berries regulary and one intermittently.
    Despite there being four large and thirty or so small apple trees in the gathering mistltoe has yet to appear. Could be a dearth of townie mistle thrushes or the fact all the local orchards that once graced the town and its environs have long since disappeared in the ‘march of progress’ which round here at least means flog off the land to build more houses and roads.

    • December 7, 2018 at 16:15


      • Bill
        December 7, 2018 at 18:04

        Along with the orchards they removed all the market gardens. Most food of my youth (age 1 – 10) came from within five miles of my home, save for citrus, bananas, nuts etc. As the house had a garden we got cooking apples, rhubarb, potato, beans etc from outside the backdoor and mushrooms from cow pastures a mile or two distant.
        Cockles, mussels, flatties, crabs from the copious coastline not to mention hedgerow fruits a plenty.

        Happy days when did they go?

        • Bill
          December 7, 2018 at 18:30

          Forgot to add.
          There are a pair of ivies in the house. Just cuttings growing on.
          The yard is also occupied with the following, not that anyone is interested.
          A pair of big pear trees and a dozen small ones.
          A gingko.
          A cycad.
          A hawthorn.
          Eight japanese maples.
          A wolf berry.
          A hardy kiwi.
          A clematis,
          A white grape.
          A blackberry.
          A blueberry.
          A pair of birches.
          A zelkova.
          A wych elm.
          A pair of english elms.
          A trio of box.
          Three black currants.
          Two red currants.
          Three gooseberries.
          Two mints.
          Two lemon balms.
          An oregano.
          A clematis.
          Four raspberries.
          A plum.
          Two cotoneasters.
          A berberis.
          A pair of chinese elms.
          A lavender.
          Half a dozen strawberries.
          A pot of jersey royals.
          Three hostas.
          Three miniature hostas.
          Six varieties of ferns.
          Nine varieities of bamboo.
          An uncina or three.
          Numrous hellebores.
          Two chestnuts.
          A comfrey.
          A bakers dozen of white elderberries.
          Primroses and primulas.
          Two pots of lillies.
          Dogs tooth violets.
          A fuschia or two.
          Spinach beet.
          Five berrying shrubs whose name esapes me.
          A field maple.
          Three small leaved limes.
          A pot of sage.
          A tall campanula.
          A rose.
          A pair of creeping campanulas.
          A pair of beech trees.
          During the growing season they are joined by.
          Tall Peas.
          Climbing Beans.
          Sweet peas.
          Wall flowers.
          The odd avocado.
          Herb robert.
          Evening primrose.
          Volunteer, oats, wheat, sunflower, tomatoes, potatoes. radish, california poppies, wallflowers plus whatever else manages to germinate in spite of my efforts to pretend ‘I grow them’!

          Not bad, now I have written it all out, on about 100 square feet of concrete.

  2. Distant Relative
    December 7, 2018 at 16:09

    “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

    No firework display would be the same without their candles!

    • December 7, 2018 at 16:16

      With a well laid out table whence to watch.

      • Distant Relative
        December 7, 2018 at 16:28


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