As I think of new trees to pot for my kitchen garden, a pomegranate tree comes to mind..such as this one from the Poplar Grove Plantation. They are not zoned to our region of NC but I can put it in a pot, keep it small, and store it in my cottage for the winter.


The pomegranate tree pictured above is growing just north of Wilmington, NC at the Poplar Grove plantation. The ripening of the pomegranate is a mark of the season changing.

The greek goddess Demeter had a daughter Persephone who was kidnapped by Hades king of the underworld. Demeter was the goddess of growth and death of the earth’s vegetation. When Persephone was kidnapped, Demeter went in to great mourning and refused to nourish the earth. Man and beast were starving……

Zeus got tired and weary of the whole ordeal and rescued Persephone….but just before she was rescued…

Persephone was tricked in to eating the delicious pomegranate.

It was known in this Greek mythology setting that when one eats of anything while in the underground world…….they must remain there.

Hades agreeing that Persephone had suffered the same as her mother—would only have to stay in the underworld for 2/3 of the year…

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