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Pomegranite BugThank you for all the kind messages. I’m recuperating and will be back in late spring I hope. I am taking longer to recuperate than I had originally anticipated. My facebook page is temporarily down also until I can keep up better. I continue to improve every day. It is baby steps but it is improvement.


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Please enjoy Jefferson’s Monticello

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Flower Walk at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson built a grand manor which he named Monticello which means hillock or little mountain in Italian. It was the mountain of his youth and he had inherited it from his father. There is a larger mountain, Montalto or high mountain,just beyond and above the estate.

Joseph's Coat and Heliotrope at Monticello

Jefferson had ornamental and useful plants. We’ll talk about his vegetable garden and orchards in another post. His flower beds lined the perimeter of his front lawn. He had visited English gardens in the late 1700′s and was inspired by their nonconforming appearance. He liked the winding paths and flowing nature which invited you to continue on exploring the blooms in season.

Flower Walk at Monticello

He used his flower beds as a botanical lab to try new varieties that would be useful in Virginia. He and his groundskeeper kept meticulous notes. The flower beds were almost solely attended to by his daughter and grand daughters. Jefferson…

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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.

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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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Stories About the South and Kitchen Gardening

Stories About the South and Kitchen Gardening

The Flowergardengirl blog will be about kitchen gardening in 2013 I have decided. There will also be more stories about the South like this one from Thelma’s Out of Control Iris Garden not far from where I live…you can click on the photo to follow the link. But mostly I’m going to stay close to home this year and concentrate on kitchen gardening and do some killer canning and freezing. I’m going to fancy up my pantries with cute gingham and do some beautiful front and back porch decorating. I’ve had major health problems this year with many of you praying for me and thank you so much. I am on the mend. I was even told this year that I was going blind but through a miracle because of those prayers I am now healed. I was recently seen by a neuro opthamologist and he said my eyes have never been healthier to which my husband I nearly fainted. I can only tell you it was a miracle. I give God the glory. I am still weak from having a rare from of shingles that attacked the nerves of my face and was called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome….caused some real damage to those nerves….I am still healing and weak as I write this. I am still seeing a bit blurry and words are a bit mixed up but in time I will see just fine. It really is your prayers. So I have planned to be home more…..in my kitchen more…and definitely in my pantries more. My oldest son is getting married in May…so there will be a beautiful wedding too! I wish you all a Happy New Year!!!!! Thank you for being a Flowergardengirl fan. I am so glad you are. Let’s all get busy ordering seed! I will be posting lots of new stuff soon. I’m of course getting things ready for the porches. I’m already thinking spring. Hugs to all.