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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… […]

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First mistletoe talk of the season…

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Frampton Village Hall – and the WI AGM… setting for my first mistletoe presentation of the season. No great excitement – all went according to plan, talk seemed to go down well, and covered usual miscellany of mistletoe trivia. But it was knackering to put together – finding (and blowing the dust off) all the right slides, and checking all the usual exhibits, and adding some new ones acquired (via ebay, natch) over the year. […]

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29th October Part 1 – not much mistletoe, but some fairies…

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29th October 2004 Back in Dorset, revisiting some of the mistletoe sites from last year (see 2003 blog at www.mistletoe.org.uk). This time we’re in the Wimborne Minster area again, where there are several large parks that are known to, or thought to, have historic mistletoe populations. This is outside main UK mistletoe territory and these colonies were probably introduced by wealthy landowners in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly on lime in lime avenues – […]

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29th October Part 2 – not much mistletoe, but some weird trees…

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Methinks a pic would be better from the far end, where I know, from our earlier recce, there is an iron gate to rest the camera on. So onto more slow processions along the sides of the avenue, with interesting views of limes by night – with their distinctive basal suckering clearly shown. Eventually reach our goal at the far end. But the gate is plastered with small kiddies, all imploring the fairies to come […]

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Welcome to the Mistletoe Blog 2004

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Welcome!!! This blog will describe ‘adventures with mistletoe’ in the run-up to Christmas 2004. The blog is by Jonathan Briggs, a mistletoe enthusiast, who will be undertaking several mistletoe, er, events during November and December. For background info see his website at www.mistletoe.org.uk. This 2004 blog is a follow-up to to Jonathan’s trial mistletoe 2003 blog – which is available from the website – go to www.mistletoe.org.uk and click on weblog. More to follow v […]