|Bee Balm (Monarda)|
|Granpa Ott Morning Glory - "Bavarian Style"|
I'd been shopping at one of my favorite local nurseries when an unmarked truck pulled up to deliver a shipment of plants. They had several extra pomegranate trees in pots supposedly "left over" from another nursery that had declined to take more than they'd originally ordered, and I inquired if I could have any. Marked "Dwarf Pomegranate" in chalk on the side, I figured I had just the spot for two and we quickly struck a deal.
As it turns out, the pomegranate trees grew to about eight feet. It is the fruit that is small, not the trees themselves. Details, you guys, details.
It matters not. Though it means I'm trimming off suckers from the base for weeks each year, I chose to clip them up into a mini-canopy where they arch gracefully over the cobalt blue birdbath. It is a vignette that puts a smile on my face nearly year 'round, especially this year when both trees seem to have gotten whatever they needed weather wise and are putting on an impressive display of flowers.
And this last one, well, I actually don't know precisely what it will look like when it fully unfurls but, look! My very first cholla blossom-to-be! I've had this plant for years but I'm like a child with a new toy watching it bloom for the first time. I can hardly wait to welcome it and see who else shows up to admire it along with me.