Pomegranate in fall glory, but spring is near

This buttery yellow pomegranate, with red fruit dangling from its branches like Christmas balls, stood as a last tribute to autumn a few days ago, when I spotted it while driving through Allandale neighborhood.

Yesterday I noticed that my neighbor’s Bradford pears are in bud, and on a stroll around Lady Bird Lake this morning I caught a glimpse of cottony white plum or pear blossoms.

Spring follows hard on the heels of autumn in central Texas. Does that make you happy, local gardeners, or do you wish for more downtime?

All material © 2006-2011 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

posted in Fall color, Trees

13 Responses

  1. Diane says:

    Gorgeous tree Pam! I, for one, would love a little more cool winter weather. The summers here are so hot that I love the fall when it *finally* gets here and although I’m very anxious to start my spring garden, a little longer downtime would be nice. Just MHO :)

  2. commonweeder says:

    I have to say that I do enjoy the garden downtime here in Massachusetts. Time to relax, plan and dream without the necessity of racing out and to keep up with things.

  3. Kat says:

    What awesome fall color. I’ve never seen a pomegranate look quite so fiery.

  4. Cat says:

    That pomegranate is gorgeous! I’m going to have to go scope out the one around the block to see if it has such glorious color!
    I’m enjoying the “winter” break but look forward to getting some of the projects started that I’ve been wanting to work on. Need to enlist the help of my DH!

    I want to work on a couple of new projects too, Cat, but my DH is overbooked on the honey-do list. I may have to hire some help! —Pam

  5. Down time is overrated. Happy New Year.~~Dee

  6. Weeder says:

    Our pomegranate trees turned colors and dropped all their leaves weeks ago here in Sacramento. Interesting that your trees are still “leafy”. I’m ready for Spring. Is it Spring yet? Now? Now? (will admit that I am terribly spoiled since Spring arrives in February here)… still, not soon enough. LOL

    Our deciduous trees are pretty much all bare by now too, Weeder. I took this picture nearly a week ago, just before Christmas day. Like Sacramento, Austin enjoys a very early spring. We’ll see the earliest blooms, like Bradford pears and Carolina jessamine, in January/February. —Pam

  7. Karen Mangan says:

    One of my favorite small trees. They give so much, and ask for so little care!

  8. David C says:

    Thanks for that glimpse ahead for my area, and the tardy pomegranate; ours’ dropped before Thanksgiving! Springs have started later here for the last several years; I miss our 6-8 week long winters of the past. So, I agree with another commentor that downtime is overrated! But not all is bad in Z 7b…a few new flowers on Tuscan Blue Rosemary today.

    Thank goodness for rosemary and its pretty blue winter blooms. —Pam

  9. The pomegranate looks lovely, Pam – but once again emphasizes the differences between central & far NW Austin… my regular pomegranate tree turned gold and dropped the leaves more than a week ago! (The dwarf poms turned gold the last couple of days.)

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    I should have been more precise, Annie. I took this picture on the 22nd, which was very nearly one week ago. Time flies over the Christmas break! —Pam

  10. Happy holidays, Pam! The pomegranate is a perfect tree for the season… splashy red balls, gorgeous foliage. May the new year bring you all sorts of botanical goodness.

  11. Lori says:

    That pomegranate looks gorgeous, but dear god, I am in no way ready for spring! More cold weather, please!

  12. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of a pomegranate in fall color. What a gorgeous little tree. And I can’t imagine gardening all year. I couldn’t keep going without some down time. Though of course, winter is only down time from actual garden work; still thinking and planning and reading in the midst of holiday prep and clean-up. Happy 2011 to you!