Pomegranate flower is no shrinking violet

On the Trail

 It probably goes without saying that flowers are a great and instant cheer-up tool. The happy factor is especially keen when some floral wonder comes along that you’ve never encountered or observed closely.
So it was with my encounter with a pomegranate. It’s not a particularly melodious name for a plant, and its botanical name— Punica granatum—is even more grating on the ears.
One of my rural Agoura friends had a dwarf pomegranate growing in a pot off her deck. Even the flowers were, well...

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