For around 7 years now I have been going along to exhibit at the Essex Young Farmers show and it was lovely to be there once again for some great weather and to meet lots of people. It is especially great to see lots of old faces there too and to hear how previous trees are getting on in their new homes! Also a thank you to Gepp & Sons Solicitors for allowing me to decorate their stand with Mistletoe Trees and get business cards out in their goody bags.
Long may this show continue!
I have produced a short, 3 page, guidance note for anyone with or interested in a Mistletoe Tree. If you are not an already confident gardener, then do look through this and ask me if you need any further advice or clarification!
Please Find the link to download the file below
Happy New Year for 2017
After a very successful pollination in the spring, the Red Sentinels this year have exploded with beautiful red fruits! So I have started experimenting with what we can make out of these small balls of brightness! From juices, crab apple jellies, tasty casseroles and even some crab applie cider - you really can get a lot out of them with their unique flavour.
Your Mistletoe Tree is not only a great gift and a source of mistletoe, think of all the small but beautiful little treats you can get out of these trees as well if you want.
See extra pictures on the facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mistletoetrees2015/posts/818860354883795
Hope to bring you some recipes to try out soon!
Most people do not realise that mistletoe can be male or female! This is pretty important for people thinking about mistletoe management and for what they might want at Christmas time to decorate their home! Female plants produce the glorious white berries that are so sought after but of course they need to be pollinated to enable the berries to be produced.
This flowering and cross pollination is not often seen in mistletoe, purely because the flowers are quite insignificant in comparison to most other bright and colourful flowers. The picture to the left is a close up of a male mistletoe flower, showing a number of rough pads that will shortly produce pollen to enable the wind or insects to carry it onto the nearby female plants. A picture of a female flower is below, and is actually smaller and less visually interesting than the male at this early stage.
Thank you to all who came to a short talk on Mistletoe and on my PhD topic in south east Essex this week! It was a great event and fantastic to meet so many lovely and enquiring people!
If anyone would like to hear more about MIstletoe then I would be more than happy to do a talk for you!
I am sorry to anyone who has not got their order in by now but I am afraid I have sold out of all trees available for Christmas 2015. I can only accept reservations for trees for next year now! Please make sure you reserve one SOON!
Magicno Bilje (Magical Herbs), a herbal plant magazine based in Serbia, has produced an article about Mistletoe Trees that is out now. It particularly covers other uses for mistletoe as well as the obvious Christmas decoration use that is common in northern Europe. It is in Serbian if you hadn't noticed but I am awaiting an English copy. Regardless it is great to know people are still interested in finding out more about mistletoe and I hope we can all learn more from this fascinating plant!
Thanks go to Snezana Stefanovic for getting in contact and wanting to write about Mistletoe Trees and myself!
For more information on the magazine or to see a shortened online version of the article visit http://www.magicnobilje.com/casopis/broj-121/247773/poljubac-ispod-imele-zaista-deluje
I was thinking about where some of my trees go and also how well they grow in different locations the other day and thought it might be nice to have a bit of an indication about where my trees have got to.
So I have produced this simple map showing where trees have been delivered to and have been on order over the last year. Some trees have reached destinations far from their home in Essex thanks to courier based delivery while bare root. If you are too far away to collect a tree or to get me to deliver it, then reserve your tree now and I will send them via courier during the bare root season (usually December - March).