Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MY WONDERFUL POMEGRANATE TREE

I had no idea that the winners of the photography competition, sponsored by Gardening Gone Wild, were announced today. An email from a fellow blogger alerted me to the fact that I had won a Silver Medal for my pomegranate picture in this month's competition. There were so many wonderful photographs and I feel honored to have been selected. Congratulations to Charlotte, at Life in a Day, who received the Gold Medal. Here are the results and a link to all the photographs in the competition.
I could not have done it without my abundant crop of pomegranates. This year they have been wonderful. It should be no surprise that this tree carries the varietal name 'wonderful' We had such a crop that even after giving many away, David and I spent hours getting out the precious juice, freezing it, drinking it, making pomegranate syrup for margaritas, just eating the seeds and finally making the sorbet pictured above. I have blogged about the crop and photographed it and now I have a silver award to post on my blog, ( not sure yet how to do that) The tree has never been pruned and the time has come to do something about that. Selective pruning will begin in the spring in the hope that the tree will continue to bear fruit through the process. I really wish now that I had been more careful about its care.

13 comments:

  1. Hi RR.

    And a big cheer on your Silver Award (The crowd goes wild)! A well deserved winner, and such a mouth watering shot...well unless you get some of that annoying little bitter membrane! What a bumper crop of pomegranates you have had! I wish my tree in my front yard was not so old...it has practically stopped developing any fruit at all. It seems like your bounty has kept you busy of late. Mmmmm, pomegranate syrup...(Homer).

    Well done, and I hope you figure out how to upload your award soon!

    ESP.

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  2. Congratulations! If I were to pick what I most envy you being able to grow that I can't grow, it would be the pomegranate tree. Long may be it bear fruit for you.

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  3. I loved, loved, loved your photo, and I'm glad Saxon Holt agreed! Congratulations!

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  4. Congrats, that was a great photo!

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  5. Congrats on a great picture and deserved award, Jenny. And what a yummy looking sorbet.

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  6. ESP- I wonder if your tree needs pruning. MIne is going to get a lot of branches cut off this year which should stimulate new growth. We almost took it out this year. It was one of those- if it doesn't crop this year then well start over with proper pruning. It must have heard.
    Carol- I am just thinking of all the wonderful things you can grow in Indiana- apples in particular.
    Caoline, Sweet Bay and Pam- Thanks for the congrats. I'm thrilled.

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  7. Congrats on the award, but it seems you've already gotten a better prize. That sorbet looks delicious!

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  8. Congratulations - well deserved. That sorbet looks delicious.

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  9. Congrats, Rock Rose, and that photo is well deserving of accolades. As is the sorbet photo, I might add! You're making me hungry!

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  10. Awesome! The photo is delicious, and I'd love to try that Pom-Marg recipe...I love a 'healthy' beverage while gardening!

    Super Job, congrats!

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  11. Hooray- you got your award properly displayed. I'll agree with others however and insist the real payoff might be in today's photo.

    I have two dwarf poms that apparently were so named for the tiny fruit rather than the size of the tree. They've gotten rather bushlike -perhaps this will be the year I retrain them into more treelike form.

    Looking forward to future photos of your bulb prize in bloom!

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  12. I am thrilled to pieces! This is wonderful news. Congratulations!! And it sure looks yummy too.

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  13. Vertie and Ruthie, -Thanks - I had to find something to do with the juice and came across this wonderful recipe. It really is yummy.
    Get grounded. I don't know what we will do when we run out of juice. I doubt we will ever have a crop like this again.
    Conscious Gardener-No bottle caps from this recipe. Lime rinds maybe! On the rocks in a cocktail shaker,3 oz tequila ( silver 100% agave ) 2oz cointreau or Grand Marnier, 2oz pomegranate syrup. Shake over ice.
    Texas Deb- Yep- I finally did it. The silver is up. I think you will always get dwarf poms from a dwarf tree. I seem to have a lot of bulbs coming my way. Hope I can find room for them.
    Linda- thanks for the congrats. It was fun to see you at the studios last week. Thanks for letting me take your photo.

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