Guess that serves me right for shooting my mouth off about our impending pear harvest
. The same storm that flooded the Palmer Underpass over the weekend, also took out our fledgling pear tree. It snapped right in half. Unbelievably. I had it staked with a heavy-duty stake and some zip ties loosely around the trunk. Looks like the wind didn't think much of my stake job.
There are 2 branches (which carried most of the fruit) on the main trunk below the break, so the tree will (hopefully) survive, but it won't be a high-flyer for a bit now. The top that snapped off had some largish pears, so I grabbed those. They aren't ripe, but maybe they'll ripen up off the branch. Here they are relative to a quarter.
Have my fingers crossed that we'll get a couple dozen normal-sized pears off the lower branches come mid-August.
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