Someone has been having a feast on my pomegranates.
These fruits are sitting right on the wall, which makes for a great platform for working away at the tough leathery skin on the pomegranate fruit.
You can see what it takes to get in there. The Romans used to tan the fruit skins and use them for leather projects.
Now for the bad news. For a couple of years the tree has been in a decline. I first noticed the bark starting to peel and knew it was not a good sign. I hunted for information on this, even contacting a pomegranate grower but couldn't find anything out. Progressively, branches began to die.
And yet, the tree surprises by producing yet another crop to delight the breakfast table yet again. I now think I know what happened. I have always marveled about how this tree grows in rubbishy lime rubble but that wasn't the problem. About three years ago we had a very wet summer and the water in the garden drains away right below the pomegranate. I think too much water was the problem. And so this year we will remove the tree. I will be planting a new tree in the vegetable garden. I just hope I can find one that will produce as well as this one has.
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