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Mutant mistletoe

By Heather 10 years ago

I just had to share this crazy picture of Wiggly Wigglers' mistletoe berries just starting to do their stuff from Antony Martin. Berries are available anytime but we won't despatch til Feb 2010.

Six facts about mistletoe and how to grow it

By Heather 12 years ago

It might seem to be the wrong time of the year to be writing about mistletoe, but it’s at this time of the year when the berries are at their ripest and ready to introduce to your tree or shrub.

  • There are over a thousand mistletoe species worldwide, but the one we are most familiar with is the native British mistletoe, Viscum album.

  • Traditionally we associate mistletoe with apple trees, but you can also use hosts such as poplar, lime and hawthorn trees.

  • Mistletoe is one of a number of parasitic plants, gaining some of it’s nutrients from a root under the host’s bark.

  • The common name of mistletoe is derived from the berries being eaten by birds, usually the Mistle Thrush. The seeds are excreted by birds, complete with sticky mucus, and attach to the host tree or bush.

  • Mistletoe takes several years to become established. In the first year they bond with their host plant and only in the following year will produce leaves. The picture above shows a three year old mistletoe plant.

  • Avoid placing seeds on your most prolific apple tree as mistletoe can severely affect the crop. They are best placed on an older tree where cropping is not an issue.

To learn more about all things mistletoe take a look at these sites:The Mistletoe Pages Jonathan Briggs' blog Mistletoe TravelsThe Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival

Who would you kiss under the mistletoe?

By Heather 12 years ago

On a festive theme, I asked the Wiggly team who they would just love to kiss (other than their partner) under the mistletoe and why.

Jo, Sales Team - Ewan McGregor because her husband says she isn’t allowed to. She's also banned from visiting Scotland because she loves a man with a Scottish accent ie Ewan McGregor.

Alison, Sales Team – Hugh Grant because he’s funny and Richard Hammond, aka The Hamster, because he’s loverly.

Heather, Chairman – Elvis (I did point out that he was ever so slightly dead!)

Hannah, Sales Team – Russell Brand. Hannah likes her men to be “intelligent and have something useful to offer.”

Jodie, Production Manager – Initially Jodie had trouble deciding because “there are just so many!”, but she eventually came up with Liam Neeson and anyone else with a sexy Irish accent (but not Graham Norton).

Pam, Office Manager – Kevin Costner because he looked good in a tunic in Robin Hood.

Ricky, Despatch Team – “At my age any man who's willing!”

Dan, Despatch Team – Rihanna and Elisha Cuthbert at the same time (reasons unprintable!) or, if it had to be a boy, Brad Pitt (the latter was a voluntary contribution!)

Di, Despatch Team – Heath Ledger or Joseph Fiennes just because they’re gorgeous.

Noelle, Despatch Team
– Sean Connery as Bond because he was a bit of a hunk.

Flash, Business Post Driver, who was unfortunate enough to be passing through despatch at the time, likes “a little bit of Kylie”.

Rosie, Florist – Colin Firth, partly because of that very famous scene from Pride and Prejudice, and Richard Armitage.

Wendy, Depatch Team – Richard Geer and The Hamster (Richard Hammond that is!)

San, Business Development Team – Brad Pitt because he’s “fit”.

Tanya, Accounts Clerk – David Tennant (loves Scottish men in kilts!) and The Hamster (he looks a bit like David Tennant) and they both do the quirky eyebrow thing! ps She also thinks Gerard Butler is a bit of alright!

Karen, Sales Team – Robin Ellis (as he was when he played Ross Poldark) or Alan Rickman with Brian Blessed talking in the background.

Richard, Development Manager – Apart from his mum (?) and blokes when he’s drunk, it would have to be Alison.

Rachel, Managing Director – George Michael (some of you may have spotted the slight flaw, but Rach reckons she can “sort him out”)

So go on then, who would you like to kiss and why?