Here at Country Days, we love to steal a kiss under this traditional Christmas plant. A folkloric sign of love and friendship, mistletoe grows on willow and apple trees but, sadly, due to the decline in apple orchards the quantity of mistletoe in Britain isn’t as prolific as it used to be. Gather sparingly if you see it growing wild in the countryside or head to a local market where you’ll find it easily.
Mistletoe will keep for two to three weeks after gathering as long as it’s kept in a cool place such as a shed or garage. Refrigerating cut sprigs until you’re ready to use them and spraying them with water daily helps to keep them looking fresh.
We like to tie it simply in the hallway. Or why not wind it into a wreath? Just bunch clusters of mistletoe sprigs together and tie securely to a wire or floral foam wreath. Other greenery such as fir and eucalyptus can also be used to add bulk; pine cones and even brussels sprouts are a nice way of adding colour and texture. Attach a piece of raffia or red ribbon to the top ready for hanging.
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