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Lots of apple juice, but no mistletoe… 1

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An apple adventure today – Caroline and I went to help press cider apples at Paul Hurd’s small-holding – right on the edge of the Forest of Dean. No mistletoe in Paul’s orchard – which was slightly disappointing, and also a challenge – we must get some established there from next year. Plenty just down the hill on the edge of the estuary – so maybe it’s partly an altitude thing. Anyway – apples already […]

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Mistletoe imports – anyone out there remember the Southampton trade?

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Radio interview with BBC Radio Solent this morning. Usual mistletoe stuff – though I was a wee bit flustered as I was on late, with an echoey ISDN line, ‘cos Radio Gloucestershire’s normal ISDN studio had been double-booked (one day I’ll get the hang of these unsupervised ISDN links – but have had several dodgy experiences with poor sound before – so am always a tad nervous – this time I had loadsa slider controls […]

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Mistletoe Market 2004 – news and dates

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This year’s Tenbury Wells mistletoe markets may be the last in the old tradition. The cattle market site has been sold for redevelopment – but I understand it will operate as usual for one last season. See www.mistletoe.org.uk for background info – including last year’s weblog with market pictures. Traditionally the auctions are due on three Tuesdays in November/December. This year they should be on 30th Nov, and 7th and 14th Dec. More info from […]

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Seedling Reports – 1 Apple

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Out into the garden to check the seedlings from 2003. These were planted in February/March on various young trees around the garden ( no older trees available as the garden is only 5 years old). Hope to be doing similar checks on some of the London mistletoe plantings next week – there’s a meeting of the London Mistletoe Action Plan next Tuesday. The plantings there will be more difficult to review – as most are […]

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Seedling Reports – 2 Willow

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Next stop, the willow – not doing so well here – most have been grazed off by something – probably snails as there are several in the tree this afternoon. But one plant is still thriving – though without any true leaves yet… 2 year-old mistletoe seedling (at bottom of picture) on willow – not doing very well so far….

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Seedling Reports – 3 Robinia

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Last, but certainly not least, the Robinia (False Acacia). There are several seedlings on this – it seems to be a peculiarly susceptible species. But none have developed true leaves – most seem to have been grazed like those on the willow. Several are fighting back – with new shoot primordia apparent from the edges – maybe this is a good thing – there’ll be more shoots per seedling and so a bushier mistletoe plant… […]