Those looking to improve their mind, body and soul need not look any further than their own patio or yard. Homegrown berrie’s from the Bushel and Berry collection are nutritional powerhouses. They are low in fat and have high concentrations of antioxidants, which help protect our bodies from the damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
“While you can purchase blueberries at the grocery store, it’s relatively simple to plant your own and enjoy their many benefits season after season,” says Layci Gragnani, product manager for the Bushel and Berry collection.
All berries are loaded with fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system and one that may also help control blood sugar. Berries may even help manage diabetes. Blueberries, for instance, have a low glycemic index, meaning that they’re less likely to cause blood sugar spikes compared to other carbohydrate foods. Just one serving of blueberries contains almost 25 percent of the daily recommended requirement of Vitamin C.
The antioxidants found in blueberries and blackberries, called anthocyanins, may even help keep one’s memory sharp. And raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties.
Dazzling lilies set off colorful fireworks in the garden. Garden? Yes, the garden!
Many people are familiar with lilies as cut flowers but don’t know that they can also add sparkle to the garden or when planted in a container.
With all their beauty, symbolism and history, it’s no wonder that lilies were named the Summer Bulb of the Year.
Native to the Northern Hemisphere, lilies have been seen as a flower of significance for thousands of years because of the extensive symbolism that surrounds them.
The lily represents femininity, love, purity and a sense of transience. But lilies also have a wonderful history. In 1150, King Louis of France used an image of a lily on his shield as a symbol of his name, Louis or Loys, and power. The lily is also portrayed as a focal point in many historical paintings.