29 December 2014
Pears (Pyrus communis)
In 2009 we planted a number of fruit trees in the garden - 2 cherries, 2 or 3 apples, 2 plums, a nectarine and a peach as well as 2 pears (one a pollinator for the other). All the other fruit trees have fruited over the past 3 or 4 years but this is the first year we have had any pears (there were a couple that set last year but they dropped off early on). The good thing about pears is that they can be picked when still hard and will after-ripen. This one is a Williams Bon Chretien (usually just called "Williams" or "Bartlett") which is self fertile but also a pollinator for our Lemon Bergamot pear (which also has its first pears).