This Ivy, planted in the spring, is still alive--even though I've neglected it and failed to water it, and even though we've had numerous frosts and hard freezes. The other annuals in the planters shriveled weeks ago, but these guys keep going.
I've planted Ivy before, but I don't remember it surviving this late into the season. It's convenient, though, because it's perfect for holiday decorating.
Thinking about one of my favorite Christmas carols, I found these modest sprigs of Holly at the garden center.
The store associate said to keep them lightly misted and they should last through the holidays.
They look fantastic and festive together, don't they?
I plopped the ends of the Ivy stems into a floral water tube...
And wound the Holly and the Ivy through the stems of a dried Grapevine wreath. Instant, inexpensive Christmas decoration!
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One of my favorite Christmas carols is "The Holly and the Ivy." Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than hearing it sung by a choir in a cathedral, like this:
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