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Kissing under the…

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People rarely notice this little plant, because it tends to grow up high. We see it at Christmas and kiss under it, and then forget it for the rest of the year.

I spotted this fabulous crop on a high tree in Cambridge Botanical gardens today as we walked past.

For reasons of censorship, you can’t see us having a snog underneath it but that’s probably just as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone with much love from us here in the East of England.. though that blue sky is worthy of a Greek island!

Viv

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February 14, 2009 - Posted by | Christmas, friends, life, love, nature, personal, photo, Valentines, Viv's Art | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. It is indeed a lovely blue, Viv. BTW: Just for info, your last few pics have been too large for the blog, spilling over into the sidebar, so I edited them to fit, just thought I’d let you know!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 14, 2009

  2. Oops, sorry, thanks for that.
    I don’t have the right option of posting a large pic for some reason, just full size or medium and the medium ones seem too small. Not at all sure why this is so.
    I’ll stick to medium in future and if it’s too small, well maybe it can be scaled up.

    Comment by viv66 | February 14, 2009

  3. Such a wonderful blue!
    It is amazing how many different blue skies there re. I am not sure we get such blue here… just trying to remember where I saw it before, exactly this blue… don’t know! But certainly not in Cambridge or somewhere else in the UK as we were there!
    Thank you so much for the kind Valentines wishes..we are just coming back from a Valentines dinner outside, at an English restaurant… was lovely!

    Comment by Miki | February 14, 2009

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day, Viv!!

    Actually, I didn’t know how Mistletoe was grown. Seem to remember something about Druids using a golden sickle to cut it down, because the plant was sacred to them….? Not sure if I have that right.

    Beautiful photo, and a great sky!

    Comment by Bonny | February 15, 2009

  5. Mistletoe is a saprophyte, a parasite that grows on other trees. usually it’s planted by accident, by a bird trying to get rid of the stickyseed and the only way to get the seedy mess off the beak is by jamming it in a crevice of bark. The seed germinates and then sticks its roots into the sap of the tree.
    The plant was a sacred one indeed to the Druids and it was cut with gold because iron was harmful to magic, and the falling sprigs had to be caught in a white cloth and must not touch the ground. A bull was sacrificed to placate the gods.
    Curiously it has been found that mistletoe has potent anti-cancer properties, especially against ovarian cancer and research is on going to see what can be done with it. Yew, another Druid tree, is used in medicines against breast cancer(Taxol, I think) and is now sought whereever its grown. The local stately home here Somerleyton Hall has a yew maze which is clipped twice a year and all the clippings are sent to a pharmaceutical company in Germany.
    Incidentally mistletoe damages the trees it lives on and is therefore discouraged now as its favourite tree is not the oak(another druid tree) but apple.
    Happy valentines to you, bonny, and glad you liked it!

    Comment by viv66 | February 15, 2009

  6. Wow Viv, thanks for the great explanation!!
    Gee, to think tha mistletoe has cancer curing properties – no wonder the druids thought it was magic. They probably had some kinds of cancer but didn’t know (or maybe they did) as much as we do about this terrible disease.

    Comment by Bonny | February 15, 2009

  7. I always reckon we ought to pay heed to Old Wives’ tales; they only got to be old wives(as opposed to dying as very young wives) by knowing or learning a thing or two!
    Thankfully many scientists are looking into ancient wisdom with less arrogance and more humility these days and discovering the potential for great things!!
    Cancer was a well known but little understood disease and some surgery did take place, on visible tumours.

    Comment by viv66 | February 15, 2009


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