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?