When Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring and fruit, was kidnapped and held captive by Hades in the underworld, she swore she would not eat until her release… but then she came across a pomegranate!
According to the myth, she devoured almost the entire fruit, leaving only six seeds, which forced Persephone to spend six months of the year in the underworld once she had been released. The months she is away, her mother, Demeter, the goddess of harvest, grieves and the earth becomes barren and that’s why we have seasons (according to the Greeks, that is!)
Pomegranates remind us that as leaves are falling and the colors in our gardens fade, spring will come again… until then, we hope these pomegranate pretties brighten your day!
Photos from Martha Stewart, Camilla Flowers, Party Resources, Nigella Lawson, Gracious Home, Gracious Style and Lisa Fontanarosa
What great pomegranate inspiration! Those bouquets scream fall to me! I wish I could eat that delicious icecream…but am allergic to the beautiful pomegranate….not so inspiring when your lips are swollen! –Gretchen O.
How is it that I never knew about this bit of Greek mythology? So happy to have just picked up some knowledge here. I have always loved pomegranates, and now I have even more reason…that bouquet is gorgeous!
Me too – never knew – or didn’t remember (entirely possible these days) this very interesting bit of history. Love them as placeholders and they also look great spray painted gold for the holidays!
Love pomegranates! Such a fun post!
love pomo’s!!! – such a yummy fruit!
PS – spreading the word – come one come all and
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I adore pomegranates, not only for their lovely taste, but also for decor, a bowl on a table always makes me think of winter, cranberries, roses, pomegranates and antioxidants, of course too.
Love the bit of ancient greek lore.
I had never heard that little story!!! But, I love it all the same!! Poms are one of my favorites – from adding the seeds to a salad or making a little pomegrante cocktail. Love the photo of them used for place cards!
Love the pom pom cheer here for Pomy’s! Super cute post and I love those little soaps!!!
Never take Poms for granted!
Fantastic Post! J’adore pomegranates!
Love pomegrantes to eat and to put in a wooden bowl for the fall, they are so pretty. Inside they remind me of little jewels. The juice is yumo to drink with a little canada dry. Kathysue
I did not know this story!! But I love me a good pomegranate salad 🙂
I use: mixed greens, a sweet onion, the wonderful red seeds, and chunks of grapefruit. Cut and mix to taste!! Let it sit for an hour so the juices mix, then top with your fav dressing. I like to use either a balsamic vinaigrette or a mix of oil and vinegar.
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I’ve just come from Zhush; how lovely these tablescapes are! I especially enjoy “City” the colors are glorious!
Best wishes for the holiday season & thanks for your beautiful floral designs!