Last Tuesday in November = first mistletoe auction of the season at Tenbury Wells.
A satisfyingly frosty day, with the mistletoe bundles glistening with hoarfrost in the sun. And excellent stock – green-leaved and fully-berried (compare this time last year when the foliage seemed little yellow and the berries a little under-sized).
But what’s this? Not a lot of lots? There seemed to be significantly fewer piles of mistletoe than normal.
Nevertheless, and as usual, once the auction got to the mistletoe (it starts with trees and holly) there were crowds of buyers, hangers-on (incl me) and media people, so a minor shortage didn’t seem to matter. Indeed it seemed to boost prices, with most of the good mistletoe wraps (lots) going for £30 or more, which is double what they were getting last year.
Does that mean mistletoe will be expensive this year, or is it merely a reflection on the limited lots available today? I suspect the latter – as I was assuming the good condition and well-berried nature of the harvest this year would depress prices, not push them up.
We shall see whether there’s a trend, or not, next week when the second auction takes place. That might be flooded with lots brought in by orchard-owners who’ve heard about Tuesday’s prices. A scenario which would, of course, lower prices…
Media interest yesterday included PA, local BBC TV news and BBC Radio Herefordshire & Worcester (mistletoe was a main theme in their drive-time show yesterday afternoon).
Buyers and sellers included the usual suspects – people, like me, who turn up every year, local sellers but buyers from much further afield – one van was a horse box from Connemara, and another was from Fife – both areas with very little (probably none) mistletoe.
Next auctions at Tenbury will be on 6th and 13th December. Some more pics of the first auction below:
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