PomegranatesJune 2, 2012
Just how do they do it? How is it possible for a fruit tree to thrive on neglect and to oscillate between ugly-as-hell and drop-dead-gorgeous?
It’s the time of the year when we fall in love with the pomegranates all over again. Lush greenery, abundant growth and masses and masses of the most beautiful and showy scarlet blossom. And all of this from trees which get no care or attention, no watering or feeding, no pruning.
The empty house next door has a mature tree, perhaps 20 feet tall, and we have a similar one just next to our back door. Their tree gets no attention as they only visit the house once or twice a year; ours gets some fairly inept pruning once a year and that’s it. In return each produces hundreds of massive pomegranates each year.
Between you and I, I prefer them right now when they are full of blossom. The colour, that sharp pop of orangey-red, is a reminder that summer is really on its way. And as the flowers are pollinated and the fruit sets the blossom falls away from the tree and makes the most gorgeous red confetti on the ground.
And all this from a tree that, in winter, looks like it should be chopped down to put it out of its misery. It’s hard to imagine a tree that looks more desolate and unloved than a pomegranate in January. But right now … it is just gorgeous.