Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Perchance to dream …

When purchasing a pear tree for my garden I was informed that they needed to be planted in two’s so that they could cross-pollinate and produce fruit. I later found out that there was (as usually there always is) an exception to this rule. So for people who have limited space but would like to have a large yearly harvest of pears then it is best to purchase a Conference Pear tree – they do not need to cross-pollinate with other trees to produce fruit. I now have three pear trees – two Williams’ pear trees and a solitary Conference pear tree.

This year has been quite dry … the plums began to wither a bit before ripening as did the damsons. I was, therefore, more than a little surprised at how large the Williams’ pears were growing. They are the largest they have ever been despite the shallow rainfall. Plants are so very confusing and exceptionally surprising – they often do what you least expect them to do. Will we ever really understand the lessons that nature teach us?

 

Ripe Williams' Pear Williams’ pear by the side of a penny coin … these are the largest pears that have ever grown on my trees

4 comments:

Jean said...

Whoa...that is a nice sized pear!
I'm still studying nature and I don't expect to ever graduate. Every year brings something new to learn.

Ann said...

I have one pear tree in my back yard that someone had given me years ago when I first moved in. I have no idea what kind it is but it's always been loaded with pears. This year I've only see a handful but not until they've dropped to the ground.

englishwilderness said...

The neighbours have a pear tree close to our garden. It's amazing how much fruit is on there this year. :-)

EastCoastLife said...

I envy you for being able to grow your own fruits. I have only been successful growing papayas. hahaha....

That is one huge pear. Great for sharing. Wish I was living near you. :)