The Great Pomegranate Caper

The pomegranate /ˈpɒmɨɡrænɨt/, botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5 and 8 m (16–26 ft) tall. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February,[1] and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May. Pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, juices, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as martinis and wine.  (from Wikipedia)

Remember this photo posted here of my pomegranate bush at work?

Pomegranate - How do I tell when it is ripe?

Pomegranate – How do I tell when it is ripe?

Well I will only eat these from the store or similar ones from the farmers’ market.

Vons Poms

Grocery Store Pomegranates

My work bush is no longer….  Someone decided they needed it more than my office did and carted it away.  Not only was the bush big, about 5 – 5.5 feet high, it was in a 25 gallon pot and the roots had grown a bit through the bottom.

To carry out “The Great Pomegranate Caper”  someone needed a big car/van.  The bush was there in the morning and not there in the afternoon meaning the criminal carried out the theft during the middle of the day.  No one saw it happen.  I have visions of watching security footage (think Criminal Minds) looking for the vehicle, tracking down the license plate, and confronting the villain…  instead, I will accept that the plant is gone.  (The fact that there is no video camera in the back of the building might make watching footage a bit difficult.)

I’m not really angry, ok a bit angry, but mostly I am disappointed that someone thought it was ok to take the plant and pot.  I figure there are two options:  1.  Stay angry, or 2.  move on.

Life is too short to fret over a pomegranate bush (or the small lemon tree that was also whisked away about 5 years ago).  I will move on and replant the remaining pots once it turns cooler.  But I will probably not replant any more bushes/trees unless I put them into the ground.

In the meantime, there is knitting and family to keep me happy.

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