Just what is Mistletoe and why do we kiss when we’re under it?
Botanically, Mistletoe is considered a hemiparasite. That means it’s partly parasitic. While it grows on the branches and trunks of a tree, it also sends out roots into the ground to take up its own nutrients. It’s also capable of growing on its own, but is mostly found in the wild as a parasite.
Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites. One belief was that it had power to bestow fertility. In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. These are just two of the stories that I found while researching the custom of kissing under the mistletoe.
In any event, don’t eat it. The berries contain toxic compounds poisonous to many animals and to humans.
Surprise! Winter had made an early appearance this year in Ohio! It feels like Winter and from time to time, it has been looking like Winter. This weather has created some challenges for us as we try our best to finish up leaf clean ups. We have found ourselves bouncing between cleaning up leaves and putting down salt. Even with the challenges, we are pushing forward. Rest assured that we are a few days away from finishing leaf clean ups and our final round of fertilizer.
Our plow routes have been finalized, our salt storage area has been expanded, and we have received a few loads of salt. Before you know it, Christmas will be here and we’ll say goodbye to 2018!
We have started our planning for the 2019 home show season. We will once again have one of the featured gardens at the Great Big Home & Garden Show at the IX Center. If you have never been up to the show, it is definitely worth the drive. It’s a great sample of Spring in the middle of Winter. It looks and smells like Spring. Plants and flowers are blooming and you can walk through many different gardens to gather ideas for your yard. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales! Of course, we chose Brothers Grimm for our garden. If you want to know how we include that in a garden, you will have to come see for yourself. We hope to see you there!
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
February 1-10, 2019
Adults (Online) $ 12.00
Seniors (65+, Feb 4-7) with ID $11.00 (Available at door only)
Children Ages 6-12 $5.00
Children ages 5 & Under FREE
Cleveland’s IX Center
6200 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44135