Of course we all associate mistletoe with Christmas and a few sparse bunches being sold in markets or garden centres, yet here it
was in abundance and looking stunning on the bare winter trees.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) is parasitic, living off the apple trees, its white berries are poisonous to people and not much fun for birds either! Coated with a sticky substance that makes them stick to the birds beak, it then wipes them on another branch and helpfully spreads the seeds exactly where they need to grow!
If you'd like to have a go at growing your own mistletoe the English Mistletoe Shop sells grow your own kits containing 50 fresh berries and detailed instructions for introducing mistletoe to your garden.