E.J.Wilkins

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Mistletoe #4


Another close view of a bunch of mistletoe growing in an apple tree

The householders were kind enough to let me into their garden to take this picture as well as others of this little series which finishes on Christmas Eve.

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Mistletoe is an endangered and protected species (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981), as with any "wild" plant it is illegal to uproot and pick it, only commercial growers are allowed to market the plant.
Spoils the magic a bit, I think.
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Mistletoe #4


Another close view of a bunch of mistletoe growing in an apple tree

The householders were kind enough to let me into their garden to take this picture as well as others of this little series which finishes on Christmas Eve.

edit
Mistletoe is an endangered and protected species (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981), as with any "wild" plant it is illegal to uproot and pick it, only commercial growers are allowed to market the plant.
Spoils the magic a bit, I think.
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comments (18)

I've never looked at a Mistletoe berry so closely Ellie
EJWilkins: Actually, neither have I Chris, it was a delight to be able to get so close to these plants too, to see exactly how they were growing.
They look like miniature gooseberries. Very interesting to see.
EJWilkins: They do rather, although I think the four little brown marks are quite unusual
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Dec 2008, 06:11
I think today there should be cited one of the known mistletoe poems although there is still daytime and a blue sky, but the berries are now so close that you could touch or kiss them (be cautious!):

Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.

Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there.
EJWilkins: That's a lovely poem Philine.
We haven't actually got any mistletoe in the house!
EJWilkins: No, nor have we, not even the plastic variety!
No mistletoe in my house either. I have never seen it up close. It's not really a tradition in Norway having Mistletoes end the kissing part....or am I mixing up some facts here wink

Nice colours in this one, and the berry is very pretty
EJWilkins: Nor in ours! In reality I think the tradition is dying out here, because of the alarmist "it's poisonous" warnings - as if anybody would want to eat it? *shrug*
  • Tracy
  • Staffs England
  • 23 Dec 2008, 08:53
This would make a beautiful card Elliesmile
EJWilkins: That's what I was aiming for Tracy, but I still wasn't quite satisfied so I'm hoping they will let me take some more pictures after Christmas
What a beautiful presentation Ellie. I just feel like picking them!
EJWilkins: Oh my, what a generous comment, thank you
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 23 Dec 2008, 10:36
Well done yet again Ellie,while out walking this morning spotted Camellia,Roses,Narcissi, Geraniums and a Gladioli in flower, the seasons have gone to pot.
EJWilkins: Goodness Graham, you've seen more than we have, it must be even milder over your side of the Solent
we don't have them here in Holland
EJWilkins: Not further north in England either Chantal
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Dec 2008, 12:56
Today I learned a nice new English word: The berries of the mistletoe are called: kissing balls!
We have in Germany also a long mistletoe tradition, but the pleasure of kissing each other seems to be "typically English"! http://www.brauchtumsseiten.de/a-z/m/mistelzweige/home.html (an intersesting website about folk customs)
EJWilkins: I'd thought the idea of kissing under the mistletoe was a Greek fertility thing. You learn something new every day Philine, thanks
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Dec 2008, 14:45
Somehow this doesn't look very Christmassy in this context. Interesting how a bit of blue sky can change things.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year anyway, Ellie!
EJWilkins: No, I suppose it doesn't look Christmassy, but without snow there isn't much else to choose from at the moment.
Happy Christmas to you too Martin
In Spain usually gift mistletoe as desire of good luck. It must it to people place in the house, in a place over the heads to assure the fortune during the year. I wish you that the happiness covers with good all your house and your family in those days. Merry Christmas.

P.D.: There is very interesting similarity all the series to me of the approach from the retail complete tree of the fruit.
EJWilkins: That's nice Jose Angel, a good luck plant smile Thank you.
This is even better than yesterday Ellie, I think it is because you have gone in a bit closer on a small twig, and the blue sky behind. I think this stuff is poisonous isn't it?
EJWilkins: It's poisonous, but it's also used as a herbal remedy for things such as hypertension. They're investigating its anti-cancer properties too
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 23 Dec 2008, 19:38
We must kiss under the guis, it for good luck!
I like this shot, Ellie.
LOVELY SHOT! I suppose that as the comments are under the picture all commentators should kiss one another. smile
EJWilkins: grin That might be quite difficult to arrange Albert, not easy to kiss people when they're on a different continent wink
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 23 Dec 2008, 22:30
Some of the berries appear to have little fat faces on them. For some reason or other it makes me think of Hergé's Adventures of Tintin (and I've not been drinking - yet!)
Great festive shot. I could see this on a Xmas card.
Funny, they look as onions

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