Nothing says holidays quite like Ilex Verticillata, also known as Winterberry. This shrub is a species of holly native to North America. At the end of the season Ilex branches are covered in large, vivid red berries which attracts birds and brightens the winter landscape. In order to produce berries, a male plant must be present to pollinate the female fruit bearng shrubs.
Our sticks are extremely photogenic at this time of year. With cooler nights on the way they should continue to colour up even more and drop those pesky leaves so that the strippers can process bundles faster.
Much to our surprise, the weather on Saturday was beautiful, which was great for us while we packaged up bittersweet, flame willow and rose hips for delivery.
On this beautiful, warm and sunny September day, guess what we are doing? Stripping leaves, of course, with a little help (or not) from our four-legged friends.