Long ago, decorating the house for the holidays was quite different. Creativity and ingenuity were key words! The tree was cut from the field and lovingly placed by the hearth, popcorn was strung as garland, homemade ornaments hung in great abundance and pinecones of all sizes filled every niche. Boughs of fragrant evergreens were strewn across the mantle and a handmade wreath graced the front door. All this green was quite lovely but it needed something...it needed a POP! Being in the south, we don't get quite the same spectacular fall color show as our northern neighbors do, but we do get to enjoy the Holly family's 'turning of the berry"! Pride of Houston Holly is a widely used, multi-purposed, prunable joy in our southern gardens. Tiny little green berries stay hidden all year awaiting Nature's subtle signal to plump up, redden up and be seen!