Punica granatum makes friends

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A friend gave me this beautiful pomegranate she grew on her summer-house  garden.Not a kilo of them, not five or two of them,just a single one.And it is the same with me.I may bring a kilo of oranges to my friend, but I will choose just one pomegranate for a gift.And it is always the same,one pomegranate is a perfect gift one looks forward of getting it. I don’t know from where this tradition, or is it just a habit,came.But I am sure it has to do something with strong symbolism of pomegranate,offering a pomegranate one gives best wishes for prosperity, health,ambition,fertility, wealth, good luck.And these do not come in numbers. This is ,why a pomegranate given from a friend’s heart always means a lot...

The pomegranate is the symbol of Armenia and represents fertility, abundance and marriage. One ancient custom widely accepted in ancient Armenia was performed at weddings. A bride was given a pomegranate fruit, which she threw against a wall, breaking it into pieces. Scattered pomegranate seeds ensured the bride future children.

The name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum“seeded”. While most European languages have cognate names for the fruit, stemming from Latin granatum, an exception is the Portuguese term romã which is derived from Arabic ruman, and has cognates in other Semitic languages (e.g. Hebrew rimmon) and Ancient Egyptianrmn.

A pomegranate fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Punica
Species: P. granatum
Binomial name
Punica granatum
Punica malus
Linnaeus, 1758


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Man Holding a Pomegranate, cca1618,from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Man_Holding_a_Pomegranate.jpg


Antonio Ponce, 17th century, Pomegranates, from:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AntonioPonce.jpg

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Marie Egner, about 1940, Granatäpfel auf einer Fensterbank, from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie_Egner_Granat%C3%A4pfel_auf_einer_Fensterbank.jpg



Amanita muscaria and Mickey Mouse

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For today just a photo of a plate with Mickey and Amanita muscaria. I’ve just came from my dog walk, there are plenty of mushrooms in the woods-but it is raining too much to make a decent photo with my camera. Anyway I find this little enamel plate mushroom cute, not to speak about mr.Mickey, of course!

Amanita muscaria
A. muscaria
showing various growth stages
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Amanitaceae
Genus: Amanita
Species: A. muscaria
Binomial name
Amanita muscaria



Six persimmons and older age





Persimmon flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ebenaceae
Genus: Diospyros

In philosophy, the painting of persimmons by Mu Qi (13th Century) exemplifies the progression from youth to age as a symbol of the progression from bitterness to sweetness. The persimmon when young is bitter and inedible, but as it ages it becomes sweet and beneficial to humankind. Thus, as we age, we overcome rigidity and prejudice and attain compassion and sweetness. Mu Qi’s painting of Six Persimmons is considered a masterpiece




Mu Qi: Six Persimmons, 13th century




















Castanea sativa becomes roasted chestnuts



Roasted chestnuts always smell of fall,past summer and winter which is coming slowly.Is this why I always love them………

Castanea sativa
Sweet Chestnut fruit
Scientific classification
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Species: C. sativa
Binomial name
Castanea sativa


Chestnut Gatherers - Georges Lacombe 

Chestnut Gatherers, Artist: Georges Lacombe Completion Date: 1893,  Style: Cloisonnism

A Chestnut Wood among the Rocks - Camille Corot

A Chestnut Wood among the Rocks  Artist: Camille Corot,   Completion Date: c.1835,  Style: Realism


Molina caerulea river from Trentham gardens

Boys having fun in the Rivers of Grass

Italian Gardens in Spring

Italian Garden Aerial View


Floral Labyrinth in winter Rivers of Grass

all above pictures from:http://www.trentham.co.uk/

In our lives there are moments bringing back years of our memories we have forgotten far ago.It is impossible to predict when or where a second of time would become such an opened time box, but it is still worth to be always ready for such a journey, for it would be sad to lose memories for the second time.

 Visiting Trentham gardens on a cold October day I was sad as the weather was too bad and it was too late and dark to make good pictures. I turned back for the last glimpse as in a moment I remembered .I remembered in a single moment how small we kids from our street were, hiding in the grasses of our wood,I remembered how this grasses did  smell on hot summer afternoons, I remembered how it felt to touch them with your cheeks running down the hill, I remembered how winter snow covered these big grasses into white landscapes from nowhere  and how green were they in early spring rains.

How many gardens did I have to walk to find a garden of my childhood again! I turned back for the last glimpse over the rivers of grass in Trentham gardens, knowing these grasses would be with me for ewer since now,no matter where I was.

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Molinia caerulea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Molinia
Species: M. caerulea
Binomial name
Molinia caerulea
Aira caerulea



Everglades River of Grass.jpgThe Everglades: River of Grass is a non-fiction book written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. Published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park, the book was a call to attention about the degrading quality of life in the Evergladesand continues to remain an influential book on nature conservation as well as a reference for information on South Florida. It was used as recently as 2007 by the New York Times.[1]