Spent some time with the TEME team working out how to make mistletoe buttonholes, or posies, or whatever you want to call them.
It’s not as easy as it sounds – we thought we’d just get some berried mistletoe, and tie a decorative red ribbon on it, American Christmas-style. But we started with the wrong sort of ribbon, and soon found that mistletoe isn’t easy to tie anyway. And getting a decent bit with berries on PLUS some good leaves is also a bit challenging. But after a bit of experimentation we hit on the use of male sprigs for the leaves and female for the berries, thus creating an ideal balance – in every sense.
Why are we doing this? To see whether we can create a Tenbury mistletoe ‘product’ that could be sold online…
(And to provide some TV chefs with mistletoe buttonholes for a Christmas cookery show.. more on that later…)