Since I was little I have always had an infatuation with obtaining facts about the world around me. Understanding the balance of nature and the ever rotating circle of life that occurs around you is essential for appreciating it. While most little girls were huddled around their Barbies and ponies I was absorbed in my research and creating mini books full of facts and illustrations.
Mistletoe has a bit of a romantic connotation that was developed long ago in relation to the Christmas holiday. If a boy happened to catch a girl under the bushel of hanging greenery he had the pleasure of kissing her. This has become the mistletoe's claim to fame and is much more flattering than parasitic plant! If you do not already know this mistletoe is actually a parasite of sorts. It attaches to it's hosts near the limbs where it then feeds off the nutrients intended and collected by the tree. It can become so consuming that it can actually damage the tree to the point of death. Not so romantic huh?
Needless to say I have no remorse when it comes to picking baskets full of the stuff. I like to think that the tree is sighing in relief and gratitude with each clump I remove. One of my favorite trees has an especially bad case of the mistle-woes and we spent the good majority of the morning removing all we could reach. Once my basket was full I climbed down to discover that the root soil was covered in mushrooms which is not a good sign for my mighty oak.
It's a sad reminder that this massive tree may not be with us for much longer. As a token of my appreciation for the tree I picked them too. May not do much to help it at this point but I'd like to think my message will still be heard. So this Christmas season spread a little glee to a tree and pick some mistletoe!
Jacket - Hot Box Betty in Oregon :: Jeans - Forever 21 :: Shoes - BAIT Footwear :: Socks - Dollar Score
Love & Lollies...
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