Biodiversity , Current Affairs , Mistletoe , Orchard , Science

New season mistletoe – loaded with berries

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New season mistletoe looking good. Lots of berries – again… We seem to have several good berry seasons in a row. This year they’re even turning white early – with some almost fully white (though not yet translucent) already. That fits with other fruiting trends this season – many other plants’ fruits and berries ripened early too. The mistletoe berries aren’t all green though – plants still in shade still have solidly green berries. Our […]

Biodiversity , Current Affairs , Mistletoe , Religion , Science

Oh no, it’s mistletoe season again!

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Mistletoe season is looming ever larger. Again. And despite it happening this time every year, I do feel it’s taken me a little by surprise this season. Lots still to do and to plan. Including reporting on current mistletoe matters here. This season I’m planning to; re-launch the Mistletoe League project, making a clearer distinction between the management survey and the fruit varietal preference survey (if you don’t know what that’s all about, visit british.mistletoe.org.uk). […]

Biodiversity , Mistletoe , Orchard , Science , Uncategorized

Mistletoe problems in western orchards – getting worse?

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The issue of ‘too much mistletoe’ has been on my mind again recently – helped along by email correspondence from Gillian Bulmer, who owns orchards at Little Breinton, Hereford and by a recent letter to the Hereford Times by Chris Fairs, formerly of Bulmers cider and an expert on orchard tree management. The issue is one I’ve raised many times before – though it is often difficult to get the concept across, especially to the […]

Biodiversity , Blogroll , Mistle Thrush , Mistletoe , Orchard , Science

Fallen mistletoe – good enough to eat!

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Last week’s storms brought down yet more mistletoe-laden trees in our local orchards, and I went to look at a few in yesterday’s sunshine. None of the casualties were a surprise – they were all old, neglected apple trees, with far too much mistletoe on them for long-term survival. The storms have (probably) just accelerated some already inevitable deaths. Nevertheless it is always upsetting to see these trees down, especially in the location pictured here, […]

Doctor Who , Mistletoe , Religion , Science

Dr Who, Mistletoe and werewolves…

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“Omigod!!!” Mistletoe has just featured in Dr Who!! Sorry about the OmiGod, I know it’s getting a bit passe now*. But Dr Who and Mistletoe – what more could one ask for?? Ok, so it wasn’t exactly explained why european mistletoe kept an alien werewolf (more correctly a ‘lupine wavelength human variform’) at bay, but it did seem to work. The Doc and his companions (including Queen Victoria) survived unharmed for a while in a […]