Byfield was looking very festive and many holly trees around the village were sporting a fine crop of berries. In Banbury Lane there was a specimen of Ilex aquifolium 'Bacciflava', displaying its yellow berries. The varietal name sounds like a fragrant tobacco but of course it simply comes from the Latin, bacca, a berry, and flavus, yellow.
Yellow-berried holly makes an attractive change.
Banbury Lane, Byfield. 19 December, 2018
Apocryphal? Maybe, but Sir Thomas always claimed it was true. As I went about my business I found myself humming the tune to the point where it became irritating.
Hard by the holly was a clump of Stinking Gladdon, Iris foetidissima, aka the Roast Beef Plant.
The berries of Stinking Gladdon are as yet being eschewed.
19 December, 2018
Webs of Amaurobius similis are found on many walls and window
frames. Byfield, 19 December, 2018