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Flora of Covington: Mexican Primrose-Willow

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Mexican Primrose-willow growing wild along the Trace behind Lola’s Restaurant, Covington, LA

You may have spotted this plant growing wild along ditches and woodlines, its bright yellow flowers standing out against dark green narrow leaves, with crimson highlights along its branches and stems. Blooming this time of year, its flowers resemble those of the buttercup, or the closely related evening primrose.

Bob Peterson; Jupiter Ridge Natural Area, Jupiter, FL

The Mexican primrose-willow (Ludwigia octovalvis) is an adaptable wildflower found in Central America, Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and the Central-West African regions. It is considered invasive in some Pacific Islands. Here in the US it is prolific in the southeastern region. It is a perennial deciduous shrub in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae), growing 3 – 6 feet tall.

A water-lover, the Mexican primrose-willow can be found along muddy embankments or floating in adjacent or shallow waters. For this reason it is cultivated as an aquatic plant. It is also called a narrow-leaf water primrose.

Mexican Primrose-willow or Water Primrose growing in a shallow pond by John Robert McPherson, 7th Brigade Park, Australia

Ludwigia octovalvis – a Drink to Longevity?

Mexican Primrose-willow has long been toted for its medicinal uses in indigenous cultures, specifically for its purported anti-aging effects. A study done on fruit flies and lab mice showed significant promise to this effect, noting the plants’ “high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, which possess strong DPPH radical scavenging activity”. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Other studies indicate that the digestive enzyme inhibitors from Ludwigia octovalvis can be beneficial in treatments for obesity and diabetes. The Mexican primrose-willow is also known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as its use as a gastrointestinal aid and as a diuretic, of which many studies have been done.

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June Events at the English Tea Room

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On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday with an Iced Queen Elizabeth or a Windsor Castle Tea.  It’s a Birthday Celebration Fit For a Queen!
Call to book your reservations today. | 985.898.3988  Reservations are prepaid, all event sales are final.

Join the English Tea Room & Eatery for A Tour of the Colonies:  India.  Explore the Indian culture & traditions while tasting exotic Indian cuisine & teas.
$35 per person pre-paid; 4 course meal with tea pairings;
Musical entertainment;  Indian attire welcome!

Reservations are pre-paid; all events sales are final.
Call today to book your reservations!    985-898-3988
The English Tea Room & Eatery is located at 734 East Rutland Street, at the corner of Rutland & Florida.

The English Tea Room & Eatery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  The full menu is available all day long with over 200 loose leaf teas to choose from.  The English Tea Room & Eatery carries unique and hard to find accessories for the tea enthusiast.

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Quote and Word of the Week

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“At Christmas, tea is compulsory.
Relatives are optional.”
– Robert Godden

Word of the Week:
crepuscular  –  of, relating to, or resembling twilight:  dim;
occurring or active during the twilight

“Rabbits are crepuscular feeders.”

The New Moon is Thursday, December 29, 2016.

 

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Star Trek Night Filling Up Quick at the English Tea Room

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The English Tea Room & EateryReserve your place for Star Trek night at the English Tea Room & Eatery. Enjoy a voyage-themed dinner with tea pairings, games & more. Costumes are not required, but gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed!

March 18, 2016, 7–9 p.m. $35/ person. 985-898-3988

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The English Tea Room Hosts Andrew Lloyd Webber Night Friday August 21

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Join the English Tea Room on Friday August 21st at 7:00 p.m. for Andrew Lloyd Webber Night! This pre-paid event will include local singers Stephen Dale and Kristina Temple for your enjoyment. The English Tea Room will serve a delectable meal and all the tea you can drink! Come out dressed as your favorite character, musical, or the genius himself. Taking reservations today! (985) 898-3988.

ETR Andrew Lloyd Webber

The English Tea Room is located at the corner of Rutland and Florida Streets in Historic Downtown Covington. The English Tea Room is proud to announce live music every weekday at lunch, Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.   www.englishtearoom.com

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Wed Farmers Market signHappy Tuesday, friends! Spring is definitely in the air; the trees are budding, my front garden is coming back to life and all is right with the world. So, take a moment, close your eyes, and conjure up visions of the deliciousness that awaits you at the Trailhead like Chompers BBQ’s smoky pulled pork and cole slaw; Nanette’s crunchy veggie wraps; Kandi’s luscious cream cheese and shrimp rolls, Rebecca’s spicy hot tamales (may as well get some salsa and chips). Snack on fruity pies from Frankie and rich red strawberries from Natalie. Pick up your fresh veggies, raw honey, and crafted soaps and body “seasonings” all while you enjoy the morning with us.

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant's food truck will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

LOLA Deux, LOLA Restaurant’s food truck will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

It’s just a wonderful feeling when Saturday finally rolls around and you pop out of bed and head to the Market. What!? No pop!? That’s probably because you haven’t had your coffee yet. Smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee – what will Kevin roast for us this week? – fantasize about Lola Deux’s Parmesan fries soon to be there ….mmmm… You’ll surely be more than poppin’ when you hear the sweet crooning of The Lucky Dogs sailing out from the gazebo. Oooooo! You’re beginning to sound like popcorn now.

Burton Maplewood FarmTap into designer maple syrup from a guest artisan at the Saturday market. Burton’s Maplewood Farm, located in Southern Indiana, produces 100% pure maple syrup from their very own trees. They’ve also allowed some of their golden goodness to age in rum, bourbon, and brandy barrels for an exquisite taste treat. So get them on your list as a MUST SEE because they will only be here for one week!

What better time than spring to get that garden started and Alton & Sandra can get you started right with Creole, Brandywine, or yellow cherry tomato plants, Mirliton vines, and maybe even a couple of varieties of Basil. Ms. Betty will be back this week with bougainvillea blooming in bright pinks and yellows, crepe myrtle, and glamorous maidenhair fern.

Strawberry Covington Farmers MarketStroll through the market to gather some weekly favorites – Dolese’s stuffed artichoke, Bechac’s famous dressings (great for marinades too!), Nur’s exotic tabouli and hummus. Did you know that a natural compound in celery is found to offer promising results in lowering blood pressure? Combine that with the quality natural ingredients in Nur’s hummus and you are really on a roll! Don’t forget your eggs! The hens are really happy these days and so are the ducks and the quail! Farm fresh strawberries are available – and you don’t even have to pick them!

There is something about Market Day that rejuvenates the spirit. Maybe it’s the anticipation of creamy yogurt, aged goat cheeses, blossoming plants ready for the soil, fresh veggies, golden sweet honey, or the clean refreshing scent of Aunt Bee’s oatmeal lavender soap. Maybe it’s just that for a few hours, our little corner of the city is filled with music and laughter and people and all really is right with the world. No worries; we’ll save you a spot. Come enjoy spring at the Covington Farmers’ Market.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Valentine’s High Tea at The English Tea Room – Make Your Reservations Now!

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Valentine's High TeaThe English Tea Room & Eatery invites you to celebrate with the ones you love the week of Valentine’s with a Valentine’s High Tea. February 9th – 14th, enjoy a traditional high tea teir with mini quiches, finger sandwiches, a scone, a pot of tea, chocolates and special treats all for $25! Make your reservation for Valentine’s Day on Saturday February 14th for a lovely day-date full of chocolate and roses… and tea of course! The English Tea Room will be open regular hours 9 am – 6 pm, please call for reservations: 985.898.3988

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The English Tea Room Hosts Steampunk Night Friday

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Steampunk Night at The English Tea Room & EateryThat wild and crazy group at The English Tea Room are at it again – this month with a steampunk theme dinner Friday May 30th at 7 pm! Come as you are or dressed up in your favorite Victorian Steampunk attire! Local steampunk enthusiasts will be there to share and talk about their beautiful hand-crafted outfits and accessories. Serving Victorian era foods and tea. Please make pre-paid reservations of just $25 per person in advance, as spots are filling up quick! Coming up in June: Sherlock Holmes Night!

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What is ‘Steampunk’?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

 

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The English Tea Room Hosts Steampunk Night

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Steampunk Night at The English Tea RoomThat wild and crazy group at The English Tea Room is at it again – this month with a steampunk theme dinner Friday May 30th at 7 pm! Come as you are or dressed up in your favorite Victorian Steampunk attire! Local steampunk enthusiast will be there to share and talk about their beautiful hand-crafted outfits and accessories. Serving Victorian era foods and tea. Please make pre-paid reservations of just $25 per person in advance, as spots are filling up quick! Keep in touch for Sherlock Holmes Night in June! Oh, the madness of it!

Victorian teapot

Victorian teapot

985-898-3988                                www.englishtearoom.com

What is “Steampunk”?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

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Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day!

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Antique_Valentine_1909_01Make your reservations for Valentine’s High Tea at The English Tea Room, Available February 9th – 16th!

Baked brie, chocolates and special finger sandwiches are just a few of the highlights of this unforgettable event. In celebration of the month of love, The Tea Room is also offering a special dessert all February. Presenting the Chocolate Ciao Amaretto Crème Torte, which is infused with tea to create a truly unique and exquisite taste selection.

985-898-3988
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