The weather has turned cold at last but we still get many warm days, and along with that comes rain!
There are a lot of old apple trees in the garden, some forming strange shapes as they were once closely pruned espaliers but were left many years ago to grow as they wish, which is straight up!
Some are cookers, Blenheim Orange, Bramley and Grenadier, others eaters, Wealthy, Belle de Boskoop, Discovery and Tydemans Worcester. One thing they all have in common is Mistletoe.
We always take some of the mistletoe off each year to help prevent it from completely covering the tree and stopping the apples from growing.
We sell some of the fruited pieces for charity and supply a local florist.
This has not been a good year for mistletoe, I think it must be that the weather was too warm.
Some of the mistletoe has not produced berries
Others have taken a long time to turn from yellow/green berries to the lovely white ones that everyone wants for their Christmas decorations.
We are usually picking the mistletoe in the last week in November, this year we only had a small amount by December, a bit more has turned white now and the rest we are still waiting for it to turn white.