2013 Announcement creating height for the container

Purple Sunset Fruit

2013 Announcement Creating Height for the Container Arrangement

‘Purple Sunset’ ornamental pomegranate

Here’s something exciting for one of Flowergardengirl’s picks as she chooses her 2013 container arrangements. Now hey, it looks pretty big below right? ….but you can buy it much smaller and cut the lower limbs for under planting. Deep burgundy fruit will appear all summer and beautiful birch yellow fall leaves appear in autumn. Orange flowers precede the fruit.

I’m going to plant this in a rather large container and give my front entry a rather Mediterranean feel. I planted ‘Firethorn’ pyracantha vines last season and I bet that is going to be a riot of good looking entertaining autumn appeal for 2013. I will underplant with something that really makes that deep purple fruit pop and just wondering what will bring out the orange flower…any suggestions? I might have some ;).

A special thank you to Kathleen Hennessy and Bailey Nursery for their kindness over the years in sending me plants. I did not receive this particular plant but will be writing about others received this season. In the coming weeks I’ll be showcasing some of their roses, wisteria, and other ornamentals. Very proud to do so as this company has shown me a great deal of professional etiquette over the years. I appreciate them very much. Visit their website @ www.firsteditionsplants.com

Ya’ll stay tuned for even a few 2014 introductions!

Purple Sunset Habit
First Editions Purple Sunset Pomegranate FINAL 2013


The Pomegranate Tree of Poplar Grove Plantation

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. So for 8 months of year Persephone was with Demeter and the other 4 with Hades. Demeter was not a forgiving person and denied the earth any vegetation for those 4 months that her daughter was away—thus bringing on the season of changes.

Previous to Persephone being abducted, the earth flourished 12 months of the year.

One pomegranate tree grows at the plantation of Poplar Grove in Wilmington, NC. There is much written about this peanut plantation but very little about its exotic little tree that originally only grew in the Mediterranean climates. Abundant in Iran and India it can grow to 30 feet tall depending on variety.

James Foy bought the plantation in 1795. He was known as a wise and good man. He was a first to allow his slaves to be tenant farmers. They were allowed to save money and be educated. They took pride in their jobs as much as one could under the circumstances and the plantation flourished.

The peanuts were taken by boat to the port at Wilmington where they were shipped north and other more distant lands. I can see how James Foy could have acquired the seeds or fruit from one of these trips. The seeds germinate easily even when scattered on top of the soil.

Wilmington does get some freezing temps at times but this little tree is protected by the house and thus is probably growing in a microclimate. The zone for Wilmington is 8a which hovers right at 14 degrees but like I said….it can get much colder.

It is possible for this tree to survive as longevity  is one of its attributes. Charming to think it could survive through hurricanes and such.

More than 500 varieties exist. It can withstand temperatures to 14 degrees fahrenheit. From flower to fruit is approximately 7 months. Its medicinal uses are many from treating stomach upsets to curing cancers.

It has even been associated with the coming of age for a woman from one interpretation of the greek mythological story of Demeter and Persephone. Those in that audience think Persephone’s abduction and love affair with Hades is the beginning of womanhood.

Fascinating information on the pomegranate and its many uses. But….I’ve never had one ;)