Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kentucky Mistletoe

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,



Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I don't believe I've ever seen REAL mistletoe, it's so beautiful! How wonderful you've got a real one to use for Christmas smoochies!

sweetjeanette said...

Im afraid in Florida we don't see much KY mistletoe, or any other state's variety for that fact. LOL But what is so touching that you son, thought of you and gave you such a beauty. How sweet!
(it really is pretty - and you photographed it so well)

Tipper said...

I've been keeping my eyes in the tree tops looking for some near by : )

Catherine said...

And you know, I forgot all about the "smoochie" aspect of the plant! Truly ; )

Nan said...

Shot out of a tree?!!! Wow!

Catherine said...

Nan, I did not mean to imply that we shot it out of a tree (it probably wouldn't look so nice if we had!) but that this was the traditional way of getting it. (A friend of mine in NH grew up in Florida and recalled her father doing that.)

We had felled some old trees that were dying along our fence row, and to better get in the fencing, and there was some growing on one of the limbs. Much easier but we won't make a habit of felling trees to GET it each year, either!

Nan said...

Oh, I knew you didn't but I was just amazed that some people have done this! An absolutely new story for me! Just the sort of thing I love.