As promised, a quick post on holly berries, these ones photographed in mid-Summer at my sister’s (I have two sisters) garden in Great Neck, Long Island. I had never noticed this bush before, but after asking, realized they were indeed holly bushes, one of many varieties. They were incredibly lush and dark green and the berries obviously “unripe” at that stage. Note the classic shape of the leaves that feature prominently in drawings/depictions of holly in art/drawings/etc.
The berries tend to ripen and turn red later in the year, and in winter, are a stark contrast to the snowfall and other evergreens. I understand it has snowed a foot or more in many Eastern states from Virginia northwards, so it looks like it’s going to be a white Christmas for those folks at least! Holly is often used in wreaths or other Christmas decor hung in boughs, for example… Stay tuned for several more Christmas related posts, and the Marketmanila household’s annual gingerbread creation! :)