I’m so excited this year that we might actually (fingers crossed) get some Pears. I planted two Pear trees coming up for two and half years ago now. I trained them as oblique cordons (with means one branch on a 45 degree angle) because my garden isn’t big enough to sustain anything bigger.
They’ve been growing happily for the last two years, last year one of them even flowered! But the problem is it’s no good if one of them flowers, I need both to flower because they need the other for pollination.
One of them is Conference and the other is Doyenne du Comice (or Comice Pear to you and I). They’re the kind you see in the shops. Conference is the long green type and Comice is the short yellow type. I didn’t want to go too exotic as I’ve never grown Pears before and I wanted to ensure that I had good strong varieties that I was sure would pollinate each other.
Well, this year, both are flowering. And I’m over the moon. I know that it takes Pears usually three years to get established and to start fruiting so I wasn’t expecting anything until next year. But now both of them have tons of flowers on them. I’m just hoping those bees do their job so I can eat juicy Pears. Come on bees!