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 trade – then and now
by Jonathan Briggs on December 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Many of my mistletoe talks this season have had a history theme, looking back at mistletoe in days gone by – both ancient (myth, legend etc) and modern, describing how Christmas demand for mistletoe from the 19th century onwards made it a saleable product, not just a curious tree parasite. The trade in mistletoe grew … Continue reading Mistletoe trade – then and now →
Sale prices for Grow-Kits this week
by Jonathan Briggs on November 27, 2019 at 10:13 am
There’s a Black Friday sale on at the English Mistletoe Shop for the next few days, ending at midnight on Sunday 1st December. 15% off Mistletoe Grow-Kits and Grow-Kit Gift Cards. Only on the main English Mistletoe Shop site at englishmistletoeshop.co.uk
Mistletoe Auction#1 2019 – lively bidding for lovely mistletoe
by Jonathan Briggs on November 26, 2019 at 5:22 pm
A good turn out of both people and mistletoe lots for today’s mistletoe auction at Tenbury Wells. Mistletoe looking good, lots of berries, again, though perhaps not quite as plump as some previous years. A few lots had yellower leaves – which won’t fetch as good a price as the greener stuff. But there were … Continue reading Mistletoe Auction#1 2019 – lively bidding for lovely mistletoe →
Not a mistletoe#1: not even a parasite
by Jonathan Briggs on November 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm
(the first of some blogs about mistletoe-themed plants) The distinctive geometric branching of Viscum album, the classic mistletoe of legend, is one of its most distinguishing features. Each branch bifurcates once a year, creating an intricate pattern. Not all mistletoes have this property – for example the Phoradendron species used at Christmas in the US … Continue reading Not a mistletoe#1: not even a parasite →
Is a Mistletoe Market about mistletoe?
by Jonathan Briggs on November 15, 2019 at 10:32 am
Or just a generic Christmassy-themed retail-fest? The phrase Mistletoe Market is fairly uncommon here in the UK – the mistletoe auctions at Tenbury Wells are sometimes called this, but not often. We also have a few Mistletoe Fairs – some more mistletoey than others (of which more in another post soon) – but we have … Continue reading Is a Mistletoe Market about mistletoe? →
Mistletoe in December’s BBC Countryfile magazine
by Jonathan Briggs on November 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The December issue of BBC Countryfile magazine is now out – and there’s a 6-page feature on mistletoe and its traditions. Nicely-written. Though perhaps, as the author, I shouldn’t say that. There’s a screenshot of a couple of pages below – but you’ll have to buy it to read it. Mistletoe Information: for general mistletoe … Continue reading Mistletoe in December’s BBC Countryfile magazine →
Growing your own, for the common good, in NZ
by Jonathan Briggs on November 8, 2019 at 8:04 am
My recent post about the new mistletoe-eating bird in Borneo reminded me of several other exotic (to us in Britain) mistletoe stories. One particular story from last year came to mind – a project in New Zealand where local residents were being given mistletoe seeds in an effort to re-establish local mistletoe species. The project, … Continue reading Growing your own, for the common good, in NZ →
Whitening up nicely
by Jonathan Briggs on November 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm
Some pictures of mistletoe in Gloucestershire Orchard Trust‘s orchards at Longney, near Gloucester, taken this afternoon. The berries, as you can see, are beginning to whiten up now – still very opaque and with a hint of green, but it won’t be long now until we get the full white berry effect. Most pics are … Continue reading Whitening up nicely →
The Spectacled Flowerpecker – a new bird that likes mistletoe
by Jonathan Briggs on October 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm
Ten years ago, deep in the Borneo rainforest, a new species of bird was spotted feeding on berries from one of the local mistletoe species. Small, grey but quite pretty it was given the name Spectacled Flowerpecker – but not, at the time, a formal scientific name because that needs formal examination and description – … Continue reading The Spectacled Flowerpecker – a new bird that likes mistletoe →
Missing mistletoe? It’ll be back soon!
by Jonathan Briggs on September 28, 2019 at 12:07 am
Yes, it’s almost that time again, the mistletoe season. Indeed my first mistletoe gig this autumn is less than 2 weeks away, so I need to get back into mistletoe mode very soon. Here, for starters, are some diary dates for Tenbury Wells. Only two auctions this year – on the mornings of Tuesday 26th … Continue reading Missing mistletoe? It’ll be back soon! →
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.