Here’s Jonathan up a tree for a Country Living magazine feature in December 2011

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.

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Recent posts from the Mistletoe Diary:

  • Ahhh Biska!
    by Jonathan Briggs on December 27, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    In urban myth Tequila is flavoured by a worm in each bottle. This is, of course, untrue. Only certain types of Mezcal (similar to Tequila) bottles have worms – and even those aren’t worms, they’re moth larvae from the Agave plants that are fermented to make the drink. Not worms, and not in Tequila. Popular … Continue reading Ahhh Biska! →

  • Hanging the Mistletoe, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    by Jonathan Briggs on December 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    By the mid-nineteenth century hanging mistletoe at Christmas was all the rage, featuring regularly in accounts of celebrations, particularly newspapers and magazine, often with pictures.  And of course there were paintings too, some by very famous painters – a favourite of mine is Bringing in the Mistletoe, a druid-themed painting by Edward Atkinson Hornel.  But … Continue reading Hanging the Mistletoe, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti →

  • Mistletoe and Orchards on ITV today
    by Jonathan Briggs on December 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Plenty of mistletoe mentions on ITV this morning – all within the 2 hour show Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh (on ITV Hub here).  Helped along a bit by Sir Cliff ‘Mistletoe and Wine‘ Richard being the main guest. Christmas swag-making featured about 30 minutes in – with plenty of mistletoe incorporated into a … Continue reading Mistletoe and Orchards on ITV today →

  • The Mistletoe Boats
    by Jonathan Briggs on December 11, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Going through old trading accounts of mistletoe ( as I am today, compiling some figures for a research paper) I’m often surprised at the attention given to mistletoe imports, once acknowledged to be the main source of Christmas mistletoe in Britain.  Yes we do grow our own, and do still cut and sell our own, … Continue reading The Mistletoe Boats →

  • Whovian mistletoe from 1978
    by Jonathan Briggs on November 22, 2020 at 10:50 am

    A little light relief from current affairs – for Doctor Who fans anyway. I’ve commented before on mistletoe having bit parts in Doctor Who – notably protecting Queen Victoria (and David Tennant’s Doctor) from a Werewolf in a 2006 episode.  And also mistletoe featuring, unremarked but possibly significantly, outside a portal in a 2017 episode … Continue reading Whovian mistletoe from 1978 →

  • Another berry good year
    by Jonathan Briggs on November 20, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Loads of berries, again, on the mistletoe this year. Which would, normally, mean lots of harvesting, sales and, of course, use of mistletoe. But we have two problems this season, already mentioned in recent posts, both caused by the Covid pandemic.  Firstly fewer mistletoe sales – the Tenbury Wells Auctions are cancelled.  And secondly social … Continue reading Another berry good year →

  • Mistletoe auctions covid-cancelled
    by Jonathan Briggs on November 11, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Just a quick update re the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auctions – these have now also been cancelled, as well as the Mistletoe Festival. Which seems to raise the possibility that, not only will there be no kissing under mistletoe because of Covid fears, there’ll be no mistletoe to kiss under either! Never fear, not all … Continue reading Mistletoe auctions covid-cancelled →

  • Mistletoe Season 2020 – this year with added Covid…
    by Jonathan Briggs on October 21, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    So here we go again, another mistletoe season on the horizon.  But can mistletoe work its magic with Covid-19 restrictions?  Will kissing a stranger be a possibility this season?  Is a quick snog with a friend achievable? We shall see. Though I think I can predict much of the answer already! But whatever happens I’m … Continue reading Mistletoe Season 2020 – this year with added Covid… →

  • A back garden parasitic plant safari
    by Jonathan Briggs on May 16, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Parasites in lockdown – a round-up of the parasitic plants I’m growing in our garden this year, so far: Not just mistletoe, but also dodders (two species), broomrape (one species – another due soon) and yellow rattle. And an aspiration for Lousewort and a hope of Toothworts (two). Firstly mistletoe, obviously. There’s lots of that … Continue reading A back garden parasitic plant safari →

  • Mistletoe in May, and Maths (and pandemics)
    by Jonathan Briggs on May 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    May Day! Summer will be here soon.  And mistletoe is doing fine, just keeping on growing.  My first picture here is, literally, mistletoe in May – a small mistletoe growth growing low on a May (Hawthorn) tree in full blossom.  Taken in late April actually – on the banks of the Severn near Framilode earlier … Continue reading Mistletoe in May, and Maths (and pandemics) →

Background information:

Worcestershire’s Green Santa visiting the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auctions and meeting auctioneer Nick Champion.

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.

For generic and previous years’ mistletoe media information you can also try the Media Resources section of the Mistletoe Matters Consultancy website.