Mistletoe

Mistletoe. I love spotting mistletoe in trees. There is one particular tree that we pass, which is almost more mistletoe than tree. Especially now the leaves have fallen. The bundles of mistletoe look like baubles, strung up on a rather sad looking tree. High up and out of reach.

I still get excited when I see mistletoe.

Yesterday, as we took a family walk, a sprig had fallen. Half had been crushed by a passing car, but the rest was good.

It really is a spindly, but elegant plant. The berries are a perfect off white. I can see why it is wrapped up in folklore and tradition. Over the years, I’ve knitted mistletoe. Producing a cartoon yarn version of the leaves and berries, rather than anything more accurate.

Nature really does do it best.

The real mistletoe will dry and curl before long. Unlikely to last until the festive season. To give it more life, I’m going to add the berries to our trees to see if we can grow our own, which would be fun. I’ve tried so many times, so who knows, maybe this time it will work. I’m planning to get out my felting needles and see if I can make something that looks a little more realistic than my knitted versions, to hang inside, above the door.

My children have grown so used to me educating them about plants that we pass. They walk passed, pointing at the tree now, confirming identification, then they continue talking to each other. Oh well. I guess my job is done, then.

7 thoughts on “Mistletoe

  • Monday 18 November, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    I would never recognize mistletoe in the woods. Nice looking plant! #MMBC

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  • Monday 18 November, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    I guess it’s common where you are – very exciting to see it! I’m sure felted mistletoe would look pretty good. Good luck!

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  • Monday 18 November, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Ohh! I have never thought about looking our for mistletoe. It’s our first year living out in the countryside. I will keep an eye out. Good luck with growing your own x

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  • Sunday 24 November, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    It would be fab if you do manage to grow your own mistletoe, although I do love your knitted version.
    I’ve seen quite a few of your felting creations and they really make me want to have a go myself! x

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  • Sunday 24 November, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    I love mistletoe but the trouble is it’s super toxic to cats, and we have two inquisitive house cats #MMBC

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