Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pomegranate Tales

It was a dark and stormy monsoon night last summer when the little pomegranate tree came to my yard. I wasn't sure at first how well it would transplant but my son dug the hole nice and deep and I hoped for the best. This Spring, the first flowers fooled me- I thought they were fruit- until a reader corrected me. The flowers have a leathery covering that splits open to reveal a bright orange bloom. When it dies, the bottom is the beginning of the fruit- or so it seems to me. This will be the first time I've watched the flower to fruit miracle for a pomegranate- hope you enjoy the pictures.


Julie said...

They sure are pretty little flowers, aren't they??? You can see how that little top thing on pomegranites get started from where the flower was attached! Cool!!!

Diane C. said...

We have a new pomegranate tree now only a foot tall. And three little red buds just appeared on it. I like your series of pictures, nice post!

Jenn said...

Yes! That plump little bud base is the ovary and becomes the fruit. Aren't the pomegranates lovely? I bought a miniature at Trader Joes and it has bloomed for the last three months.