Monday, April 30, 2012

Plant: Pomegranate blossoms and the fruits......

With the arrival of spring the pomegranate (Punica granatum) shrubs in our garden, barely skeletons few months back have sprouted tender leaves. Now, the trees are not only cloaked with zillions of pretty leaves but also myriad scarlet red blossoms. I just can't have enough of the delicate beauty of the flowers against the green backdrop. The ground is carpeted with the fallen petals as well. Apart from the visual appeal and the source of toothsome fruits, the blossoms do have medicinal importance, as documented in the Ayurveda. Also, the pigment rich flowers are ideal candidates as textile dyes.


Does not this burst pomegranate, exposing the attractive, pearly, juicy, scarlet aril, peeping from the autumn-touched golden foliage look tempting? I wonder, how come the ever-hungry squirrels or the birds have not eyed  it yet?
Another beautiful, young pomegranate plant bearing blood-red ripe fruits...

Abundant..........

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