When we moved in, we found that we have an unkept, unmanageable holly plant right next to our driveway. In fact, it was encroaching the driveway and threatening any vehicle parked there. Mr. M wanted to cut it down and destroy it. I would have none of it. I believe that the Holly is a special plant. I have just enough Irish in me, to respect the Druids’ tree beliefs. Not only that, the Holly has special significance to Christians. It is believed to have been part of the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head. Finally, I am loathe to cut down and destroy any tree. So I set out to save the holly tree. It was a LOT of work. I used my handy dandy folding pruning saw that I bought at a garage sale for 75 cents!
Here is what I cut off:
Believe me, I found out all about the holly thorns! They are not on the branches, they are on the leaves Thank goodness for my goatskin gloves! Looks like a lot, right? It is ! Poor tree. It has been unloved for a long time, apparently. I am going to fix it right up! Here is what’s left:
I still need to take off the stumpy part to the left, but my little saw won’t do it so I have to borrow a chain saw. If you aren’t familiar with Florida plants. you are probably wondering what that hairy stuff is all over this poor tree. It is Tillandsia spp., also known as an air plant. From what I understand, this plant doesn’t really hurt the host plant.
I realize that right now the Holly tree looks pretty sad, but I really believe it will recover and live up to its potential. Here’s hoping!