Sunday, May 10, 2009

POMEGRANATE GROWTH

Before I show you the mandala I created with pomegranate flowers, let me introduce you to the plant. We have an ornamental tree in our yard. It will not produce edible fruit, and it is the slowest growing plant I have ever seen; but every year, I am fascinated to watch the flowers grow into fruit.

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These are common here in Tucson.

This photo gives you a good look at the leaves and the developing blooms. Down at the bottom, is a bud in an early stage. It is hard like the skin of a mature pomegranate. Just above that, is a bud starting to open up. Above that shows the delicate bloom emerging at the next stage. The fowers are bright orange and paper thin.

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After full bloom, the petals fall off and the buds form into the pomegranate fruit. The next image shows you what the flowers look like as they open up. I've never seen anything quite like it.

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