blueberry the powerhouse

blueberries

blueberry origin

In a recent search, I read that the humble blueberry is considered one of the oldest living plants on the planet. It has an approximate age of 12,500 years. Native to North America, the wild blueberry has spawned over 450 species that grow across the globe. Although not as common in the south as blackberries when I was growing up, it is now a fixture in most backyards. As animals love the fruit this is a great plant to include in your urban garden.

blueberry folklore

Native to America, Native Americans smoked the berries to preserve them. They used the blueberry to make a jerky that would last during the winter. The roots of the berries were made in tea that was used to soothe the pains of childbirth, to purify the blood and for coughs. The berries were also used to make dye for textiles. In the south, it was said the tea from blueberry leaves would regulate blood sugar. As a child I remember someone would bring my Grandmother blueberry wine and to this day I think about how I wish I had tried it! According to the University of South Florida it has more antioxidants than red or white grape wine.

blueberry nutrition

A cup of blueberries has 80 calories. But this one cup is chock full of nutritious benefits for you. It contains the daily recommended amount of fiber: 3.6 grams. It contains 25% of your daily Vitamin C needs. These powerhouses also have vitamin K, manganese and iron. In one study Blueberry antioxidant properties have been shown to aid mobility in senior citizens who ate 2 cups of frozen blueberries a day. This fruit has been claimed by some researchers has having more antioxidants than any other fruit.

Because this fruit is so powerful, we included it in our new pore clarifying mask for its bountiful antioxidant properties. We know you will love the way it purifies your pores without drying the skin. Thanks to the blueberry, your skin will be glowing and fresh!

daphne

My daphnes are blooming late this year, i.e. 6 weeks late. If you have never smelled a daphne it should be on your bucket list. This beauty packs a powerhouse of aromatic sweet decadence. Native to Asia, they are similar to rhododendrons and peonies in that they thrive for years when left alone. Their fragrance will fill the entire garden, a sweet citrus aroma. Along with azaleas and rhododendrons they are toxic so caution when having children and pets around them.

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mums

Chrysanthemums are the largest commercially produced flower in the US and are the second most popular flower after roses. Their meaning varies from country to country, death, happiness to love. Mums originated in China were they were considered one of the Four Noble Ones, symbolizing the 4 seasons and were grown with plums, bamboo and orchids. Before hybridization, its original color was gold and was therefore named by the Greeks for chrysos “gold” and “anthos” flower. Buddhist monks took them to Japan in 400 AD where emperors fell in love with the flower. Medicinally mums have been used in teas and infusions for eye problems, digestion, and blood cleansing.

 

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garden party

Beth & Pamela are two of the most talented women I know. How lucky am I that they wanted to have a garden party in my backyard? Oh my goodness, Pamela, photographer extraordinaire, made a green gazpacho that would put Wolfgang Puck a shivering… and Beth made a peach sorbet that would have the barefoot contessa asking for an autograph. It was the most wonderful party where new and old friends met. Pamela’s photos speak louder than words.bethbethhbteacupsorbetgazpacholavender

garden party
garden party