There was a time when I would have never been caught singing the praises of these two plants … but I guess I’ve mellowed. This Pomegranate Punica granatum, while not exactly ancient, was planted on the rise above Cemetery Road some generations back, and has grown into a beautiful specimen. I know it’s not a native, but the seeds which are feasted upon by rosellas in the autumn will hardly cover the landscape in a forest of pomegranates, so I think we can happily tolerate the odd reminder of homesteads past.
At the risk of stirring up further debate I’d like to also put in a positive word for the Crab-apple, a recent ‘invader’ like the Pomegranate. Much appreciated by the local parrot population, they provide a useful dry season food with no great tendency to weediness in the Newstead area.
I hope I haven’t offended any sensibilities … but suspect that I might have!