Friday, May 22, 2009

Women of Dripping Springs

We had our final meeting until September this past Wednesday. The day was magnificent to picnic at Harrison Ranch Park, one of our five parks in Dripping Springs. For the record, the Dripping Springs proper population is 1500. Most of us live outside of what is actually Dripping Springs and I have no idea what that number is but probably at least ten times the DS population. We've become a very popular location in which to live. Sometimes, I wish we were not so popular, but then, that is another story. :D

The mayor giving us the scoop on future plans for the five parks.

While at the ranch, I discover this marvelous tree in the distance with beautiful red blossoms. It is a pomegranate tree! I had no idea pomegranates could make it though our winters. And, did you know that pomegranates are mentioned 25 times in the Old Testament?

You've probably heard that pomegranates are now one of the "must" have foods because of its health benefits. It is highly concentrated in anti-oxidants and it is thought to reduce plaque build up in the brain, in the arteries, and on teeth. There is a warning that too much may interfere with cholesterol lowering medications as well as blood pressure meds. It is recommended that you talk with your doctor if you are on these meds before going all out on a pomegranate binge.

Isn't the flower magnificent?

Aha, the fruit.

From what I saw at Harrison Ranch Park, pomegranates thrive in our rocky, limestone soil, which is a big plus from my standpoint. I must have one or two of these trees, maybe three, and I'm on an all out search for a seller in Austin. :D There are dozens of different types.

Until next time, God bless.


Rae said...

Yes the flower is gorgeous. such brilliant color. Nice photos.

Lynn said...

Thanks, Rae. You can see why I must have a couple of pomegranate trees.

Annie said...

Ah, how lovely...I have a tree at home (small shrub) that is a flowering has the same flowers...but never gets fruit...I live in the sub-tropics in South East Queensland, Australia. maybe that is why!

Lynn said...

That is a shame, Annie, maybe a different variety for your area would bare (or is it "bear") fruit.