Mysterious Holly and Ivy plants are celebrated in these Christmas cards. Holly and Ivy have been used to decorate houses in winter for thousands of years as their evergreen nature is seen as a magical property to keep evil spirits at bay. These cards explore how meanings the Victorians and pagans gave each plant are closely linked to the way the plants grow in the wild. Send something a little different this Christmas - a card with beauty, mystery and meaning.
3 x Holly wreath card
3 x Ivy wreath card
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft and scarlet red Cello: biodegradable Card: 300gsm Soft Castillo White, Forestry Stewardship Council certified Medium: watercolour Ribbon: bottle green fine cotton
Front of Holly wreath card: Hope and good fortune Front of Ivy wreath card: Love and friendship Inside all cards: blank Back of Holly wreath card:The glossy leaves and red berries of holly bring a festive cheerfulness to dark winter nights. In 2012 a study found that, although all holly leaves have the same DNA sequence, the DNA in some leaves is modified when animals graze on the plant, resulting in a prickly shape. The Victorians gave holly the emblem of ‘foresight’, as the prickly leaves at the bottom of the plant protect it from grazing deer and cattle. Look at the leaves above grazing height and you will see they are smooth. Holly was used to protect homes from evil spirits and wish friends and family good fortune in the year ahead. Back of Ivy wreath card:The evergreen ivy (Hedera helix) carpets the forest floor and clings closely to trees and ruins. It is a symbol of love and friendship – the Victorians used it as an emblem of fidelity. Look closely to see the tiny rootlets that help ivy climb trees and walls. Researchers recently found these rootlets secrete millions of slightly charged nanoparticles that allow them to bond with the surface underneath like cement. Holly and ivy have been used to decorate houses in winter for thousands of years – their evergreen nature seen as a magical property to keep evil spirits at bay.