Jonathan’s Mistletoe Diary is a good source of general mistletoe news and gossip, with new stories and features throughout mistletoe season – there is a feed to recent posts from it below.
Recent posts from the Mistletoe Diary:
Mistletoe auction reports – for those who like figures
by Jonathan Briggs on December 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm
Very busy with mistletoe stuff this season – I’ve got loads of things to blog about but am having a bit of difficulty finding the time… I usually post a summary of the wholesale mistletoe prices at the Tenbury Wells Auctions – so here, for the record, are this year’s figures, taken from Nick Champion’s … Continue reading Mistletoe auction reports – for those who like figures &rarr […]
Bee-lieving in mistletoe berries
by Jonathan Briggs on December 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm
Mistletoe berries need bees – a fact that’s often overlooked when people talk about the ‘crop’. They interpret berry numbers as being a function of the recent summer or autumn weather, and barely give a thought to their real origin – from flowers that need to be pollinated. Flowers that open in February. And need … Continue reading Bee-lieving in mistletoe berries &rarr […]
The Kissing Tree – a mistletoe book for children
by Jonathan Briggs on December 4, 2018 at 8:45 pm
As part of the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival 2018 a new children’s book, The Kissing Tree, has been published, written by local author Helen Wendy Cooper. It is part of the Tenbury Mistletoe Association’s promotions this season. The story centres on Jack the Jackdaw who is searching for the perfect tree for mistletoe to grow … Continue reading The Kissing Tree – a mistletoe book for children &rarr […]
Does the Mistletoe Weevil have its own parasite?
by Jonathan Briggs on December 2, 2018 at 5:28 pm
In previous years I’ve reported on the 6 mistletoe insects we have in Britain – and how we know very little about them. Indeed 2 of the 6 were only discovered here in the years since 2000 and the distribution and biology of all 6 are hardly known. But all are definitely tied to mistletoe, … Continue reading Does the Mistletoe Weevil have its own parasite? &rarr […]
Mistletoe harvesting underway – everywhere…
by Jonathan Briggs on November 25, 2018 at 6:41 pm
The first of this season’s mistletoe auctions is happening on Tuesday morning – and I’m guessing that a lot of stock has already arrived on site, with more coming tomorrow. This is ‘proper’ traditional mistletoe, gathered from the old apple orchards across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. If you want to attend you’ll need to be … Continue reading Mistletoe harvesting underway – everywhere… &rarr […]
The peaceful side of mistletoe
by Jonathan Briggs on November 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm
With the centenary of the Armistice tomorrow it seems fitting to briefly re-visit the tradition of mistletoe as a symbol of peace – which is now often overlooked. Tradition holds that the Romans considered mistletoe a plant of parley, and that opposing armies would negotiate peace treaties under a mistletoe growth. This may, or may … Continue reading The peaceful side of mistletoe &rarr […]
Mistletoe ‘crop’ 2018 – looking good, ripening early?
by Jonathan Briggs on October 31, 2018 at 11:18 am
Almost November, so time to look at how mistletoe is looking for Christmas this year. And, again (this is several years in a row now) it’s looking fairly good. The female plants I’ve looked at are festooned with berries and it would seem we have yet another ‘bumper crop’. Of course it’s not a crop, not … Continue reading Mistletoe ‘crop’ 2018 – looking good, ripening early? &rarr […]
Some mistletoe events at Tenbury Wells 2018
by Jonathan Briggs on October 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm
Tenbury is hosting its mistletoe auctions and festival again this year. Mistletoe Auction dates are: Tuesday 27th November Tuesday 4th December Tuesday 11th December All take place at Burford House Garden Stores, Burford, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8HQ and are organised by Nick Champion. Buyer information is downloadable here Seller information is downloadable here Registration documents … Continue reading Some mistletoe events at Tenbury Wells 2018 &rarr […]
Plans for Mistletoe Diary winter 2018/9
by Jonathan Briggs on October 17, 2018 at 3:22 pm
It’s that time again, again. With my first mistletoe talk of the season tomorrow (18th Oct) I’m dusting down the Mistletoe Machine and planning what to say, do and report on this season. Current thoughts, for the blog this season, include: Reviewing the state of the ‘crop’ (though I never really go along with this … Continue reading Plans for Mistletoe Diary winter 2018/9 &rarr […]
Birdlime #2 – Sticky Bombs
by Jonathan Briggs on December 20, 2017 at 10:29 pm
The sticky mistletoe uses I mentioned last week – catching birds with mistletoe glue – seem tame compared with some of the other activities associated with Birdlime. Again, whether it really was ever made from mistletoe may be debatable – but there are certainly strong traditions. You can even buy modern versions of it, and though … Continue reading Birdlime #2 – Sticky Bombs &rarr […]
For general background information on mistletoe you can browse these Mistletoe Pages or access the various Mistletoe Information Sheets (and other downloads) prepared by the Mistletoe Matters consultancy – all of those are listed here.