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Amazingly powerful comphrey salve – finally got it made when house bound by snow. This is the remains of the leaves after extracting the oil for the salve making.

February 2019 Newsletter


Spring Floral Design

Saturday, March 9th
Noon – 3 p.m.
$125.00
All materials, Lunch, pie & tea

Brita Fisher

Dr’s Frank & Sievert Rohwer – instructors

A favorite goose nesting site at one of the 4 ponds on Sievert’s property.

The duck nesting site with its roof of snow. Once this thaws we hope the ducks will come nest. The pond was frozen hard enough for me to walk on it.

The amazing amount of wet and deep snow has impacted many gardens – this is my large old Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’ completely bent over by the snow. The Viburnum Onandaga were bent to the ground as well – I got the snow off of them sooner so they only lost one large branch. We can think of this as natures way of pruning – not always how we would have chosen to do it.

The thaw has begun – I loved how this thin layer of ice was dripping from the inside down onto the grass.

If you take a look when crossing the ferry at either dock you may get to see the Barrows Goldeneye – which are only here in the winter. Take your binoculars so you can admire the subtle coloring on the feathers – especially gorgeous if it’s sunny.

Quail tracks in the snow on back terrace – only know this as I saw them walking across.

These tiny alder seeds are a prime source of food for ducks. The Green-winged Teal feed off them as they float on the pond surface.

During the cold weather when all the ponds were frozen the Teal could be seen walking around on the ice picking up alder seeds.

Amazingly powerful comphrey salve – finally got it made when house bound by snow. This is the remains of the leaves after extracting the oil for the salve making.

The darker green a comphrey salve is the better. If you’re interested in purchasing some email or call me.

Af duck seeds
The pomegranate fruit is best known for the jewel-like arils stored inside its leathery red rind. (1) Pomegranates have been grown for centuries in India, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the tropical parts of Africa. In ancient times, pomegranates represented fertility, and the fruit has been depicted many times in art throughout history. (1,2)

The Ultimate Guide to Pomegranates: Why They’re Good for You and All the Ways to Eat Them

Medically Reviewed by Kelly Kennedy, RD

Pomegranates seem like an intimidating fruit. But breaking through that tough skin to get to the juicy, ruby-red seeds (known as arils, a name that includes the seed and the juice around it) is worth the effort because many health benefits lie within.

Those tart arils can help keep your body healthy and disease free. Plus, they may be just what you need to add a punch of flavor to everything from your salad to your seltzer.

Let’s explore the pomegranate — its history, what makes it so healthy, and how to add it to your diet.

What Is a Pomegranate? And How Did It Become a Superfood?

The pomegranate fruit is best known for the jewel-like arils stored inside its leathery red rind. (1) Pomegranates have been grown for centuries in India, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the tropical parts of Africa. In ancient times, pomegranates represented fertility, and the fruit has been depicted many times in art throughout history. (1,2)

A few centuries ago, the fruit was brought over to North America, and it’s now grown in California and Arizona. (3) Nearly every part of the pomegranate has been researched for potential health benefits, and thanks to promising results, it’s blown up in popularity. These days, you’ll easily find pomegranate in the form of supplements, juice, powders, extracts, and, of course, the fruit itself. (1)

Part of the pomegranate’s reputation as a trendy superfood can be traced to POM Wonderful’s arrival on the market in the early 2000s. (4) Before then, many people only thought to use pomegranates in holiday salads, but the creators of POM Wonderful popularized pomegranate juice by funding many studies that touted the fruit’s potential health benefits. Nowadays, it’s easy to find pomegranate juice in conventional grocery stores, not just health-specific ones.