Jonathan's Mistletoe Diary

November 29, 2004

Mystery at Kew?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jonathan Briggs @ 6:27 am

Checked Mail on Sunday for the mistletoe article (see yesterday’s blog) but not there so either in Saturday’s paper or delayed until next week. That would be more appropriate – as it is December by then, and mistletoe articles in November always seem a bit premature.

But i decide to check yesterday’s paper anyway – and check the daily mail website. Looks like the only way to access yesterday’s paper is to buy a week’s access to the e-edition – which gives full access to the whole paper (for a week), as published – and all the back issues… So I pay my £4.99 and soon realise I’ve been conned (I think). The mistletoe piece would be in the Weekend supplement – but despite easily getting access to the main Saturday paper, there’s no obvious (or actual?) access the supplement – shome mistake shurely? I should complain but won’t until this time next week – give ’em the benefit of the doubt for a few days…. and see how readable these e-editions are, have been tempted to try the Guardian version for ages…

Meanwhile I get an email from Masaya Tatebayashi, a Japanese student at Kew who’s been introducing mistletoe to the garden as part of the London Mistletoe Action Plan (http://www.lbp.org.uk/03action_pages/ac22_mistletoe.html). His introductions are germinating nicely, though with high mortality. This isn’t unusual – only last Friday I spent a disappointing hour or so up a tree in a (secret) London location looking at low survival rates in some of the other mistletoe plantings. More on London plantings later…

But Masaya also has other news – he’s found an established mistletoe plant at Kew – but it looks very odd. I think I know what it is… but will reserve judgement until we find out more – watch this space…

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