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:

  • 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) →

  • Spring – mistletoe has nothing to do but grow…  
    by Jonathan Briggs on April 8, 2020 at 9:18 am

    April, in lockdown, and the main mistletoe action season is over – berries ripened (Nov/Dec/Jan), seeds planted (Feb/March), flowers over (Feb/March), pollination done (Feb/March). From now until next winter mistletoe has nothing to do but grow.  For the seedlings it’s a bit more challenging – they still have to link into their new host’s vascular … Continue reading Spring – mistletoe has nothing to do but grow…   →

  • Mistletoe on BBC R4 this morning
    by Jonathan Briggs on December 25, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Happy Christmas! And if you want a mistletoey start to your day have a listen to today’s Farming Today on BBC R4 – which is all about mistletoe, including an interview with me. Available (for a while at least) on BBC Sounds App or on the website:

  • 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  

  • 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 →

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.