One of the trees had a bough broken off in the storms.
The spikes are what is left when the cones on an evergreen tree disintegrate.
(I can,t say what kind of evergreen tree this is. Though I love trees I am largely ignorant about their particular species, but I think I'm safe in saying this is off a pine)!
Anyway as they were broken off already I couldn't resist bringing a few bits home and I think it was a friend who first called it a hobbit's garden.
If you look closely you will see that some of the cone remnants are still quite brown and fresh.
Others have obviously been hanging
on to the living tree for some time.
May be a winter or two?
They have become quite greened over and pale by comparison to the younger ones.
Still they have hung on.
Tenacious til the final coup de gras.
Still quite attractive too don't you think?
I leave you with that thought!