Saturday, December 5, 2009
Seasons Greetings to you all! Here for your enjoyment is a branch of Kentucky mistletoe from our farm and just brought to me by my two boys. This parasitic plant, which has much lore and legend surrounding it, was traditionally shot out of its host tree with shotguns. [Ours was cut from a dying and felled tree in the midst of our fencing–more about fences very soon.] Only the female plants produce the splendid white berries, enjoyed by many species of birds.
I'm getting my house in order before decorating and, as usual, doing everything else but! There never seems to be enough time to pause between Thanksgiving and Christmas, does there? (Shall we lobby Congress for Thanksgiving a week or two early?) So imagine my delight, while hoeing out my office today, when my youngest son presented me with this tree branch with mistletoe and berries. It brought a smile, a needed pause to my house "hoeing" and I had to post about it right away. We woke up to a dusting of snow today which has made us feel quite festive.
I will post more about this prolific Appalachian plant before Christmas. For now, enjoy your holidays, the love and warm embrace of family and friends, and the comfort of your home.
Blessings and thanks to you all,