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:

  • 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) →

  • 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  

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.