Monday, March 12, 2012

Until Another Storm Comes Along

I love my pear tree, but mostly for sentimental reasons.  And because I look at it through eyes of love, I think it's beautiful.  But if I were a pear tree expert, I would have to admit it was ugly.


Oh, the blooms are pretty enough.  Gorgeous, really.


But this tree has had a hard life.


It started out well enough.  A Mother's Day present from my daughter (and the best part was my son-in-law dug the planting hole!).  I don't remember the variety, except it was not a Bradford pear.  A couple of years later, a storm blew it down.


Miraculously, though, three tree trunks began to come up.  Three is a great symbol to me in the garden, because I have three children.  And so, I let the three trunks remain.  I also learned that pears trees are often grafted, so there is no way for me to know the type of pear tree this is now.


This tree may only hold a temporary position in my garden, as it is weak.  But for now, I'll enjoy its pretty blooms, the shade it gives, and its three trunks.  At least, until another storm comes along and blows it down, again.  Then I'll beg for another one some Mother's day!

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  1. You are right to enjoy it while you can. The flowers are pretty on them though. We have lots down our main boulevard streets.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. I bet it is gorgeous when they all bloom!

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  2. I thinks its gorgeous, I can't understand why you would think its not beautiful?

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    1. I think a lot of experts would say that multiple trunks is not desirable, plus the trunks have been used as a scratching post by the cats! I love it, though - I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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  3. It looks like a lovely specimen to me but then again I'm not seeing it up close. The blooms are lovely and I love the three trunks :)

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    1. I really though multi-trunked trees were a no-no! Don't all the gardening books say to cut down trees to just one main trunk?

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  4. I'm with the others--it looks perfectly lovely from here, and the three trunks are really graceful. It has pretty bark, too! I hope your storms behave themselves for a while.

    Those skies are to die for, and you know we New Mexicans have pretty high standards!

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    1. Oh, it's been lovely here! A few days of rain, but some gorgeous working weather afterward! I like that you think the tree is graceful!

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  5. What a beautiful photo with the blossoms against the blue sky! Our daughter bought our house two blocks down and I am about to go cut some pear branches to bloom in warm water. We have nearly lost it several times also but it is still hanging in! Thanks for a great post!

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    1. I hope your pear tree lasts for a long time. You can never tell, though, can you? Enjoy it while you can!

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  6. Our pear tree is a Clara Frijs, that much I know. How it was toppled last winter, though, remains a mystery to me, though I suspect some deer might know the answer to that... It's trunk is now at a 45-degree angle and this makes your pear tree look exceedingly regular and healthy!

    I think it's a very pretty tree you have there!

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    1. Oh, my! Sorry to hear the deer had some part in felling your pear. I have a tree that grows at a 45 degree angle, too. It was blown that was from a bad storm, and we couldn't upright it. Gives it a little character!

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  7. A multi stemmed pear tree, I would hold on to it Holley. After all the blossom is magnificent.

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  8. Beaten down by the wind, you have to admire the pear tree's pluck to keep on growing despite adversity.Three is a great number when it comes to a group of anything and I am sure the sentimental attachment you have to the number 3 makes such a grouping even better.

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    1. I was really surprised to see it growing again. It was a sad day when it fell over, but now you'd (almost) never know it!

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  9. I like pear trees too, and yours look pretty good to me (I'm not a pear expert neither, though). I've planted an old ear variety (San Pietro) just a few days ago because I wanted one in my garden, a dear friend of mine had a big big specimen in her garden before she died so I want one too... Hopefully she didn't die because of the pear tree!
    Alberto

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    1. haha - surely not! I hope your pear tree does well. Nice that yours has a sentimental attachment to it, too!

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  10. sorry it was pear! I'm not growing ears in my garden but I should think about it...

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    1. Now, that would be something to see! I've seen ceramic 'hands' used as garden ornaments, but never ears!

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    2. Are you suggesting me I may register the idea?!

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    3. Maybe you should! It might become a booming business! :)

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  11. I love the symbolism of the tree coming back with three trunks and you having three kids.

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    1. Funny how we associate things, isn't it?

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  12. It's doing better than my Pear tree. It's hardly grown in 4 years. Seems Pears don't like our heavy, wet soil.

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    1. Oh, sorry to hear that. I know what you mean about heavy clay. We worked for years and years to amend our soil, and there are still a few places that are just impossible for anything to grow in.

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  13. Hi Holley, We have lots of Bradford Pears up here --and they are so pretty when blooming. However, they don't handle winds very well---and when we have heavy winds, there is usually a gorgeous Bradford Pear blown down. We don't have any in our yard --but I love seeing them.

    We are home from our 2nd trip is a month--and both of us have colds.. Yuk! Guess it will be REST for this upcoming week for both of us.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Take care of yourself. I've heard of a lot of respiratory viruses going around. It does seem like pear trees are very short lived. It's amazing they are as popular as they are! I guess it because they do put on a beautiful show in spring.

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  14. Nice blog.

    You don't mention whether the blossom turns into fruit - or whether you like it. We had a very pretty Pear tree as children but we didn't like the ugly hard fruit so the main thing it grew was wasps!

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    1. This one has not made any pears, yet. I'm wondering if it ever will. It has just started flowering again - I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I highly doubt I'll ever get any fruit out of it!

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  15. Seems like the pear trees I see are not terribly long lived. They start dropping large branches after about 10 years. How special your is, to have been a gift from your daughter. I, too, think their petals are lovely.

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    1. I think that's the main reason I cared so much about it falling down - because it was a present. It was exciting to see it coming back up. If it hadn't been a present with sentimental attachment, I would have replaced it immediately. Now I get a few more years of having that one special tree remain in my garden.

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  16. It's amazing how plants can regenerate themselves isn't it? I wouldn't have been able to cut it down either with that spirit to live.

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    1. Plants really do have an amazing will to live!

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  17. I like your philosophical view on this tree. I have a peach tree that was damaged by a very bad tropical storm last year. The bark is torn and tattered, but I am hoping it will be resilient and live on for many years. It is blooming now. I have friends who have had pear trees that seem to be very susceptible to wind damage. Your photo sure does show its beauty...

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    1. I hope your peach tree recovers and lives for a very long time. Pear trees do have a reputation for being weak. I just hope the next time this one falls, it doesn't fall on the house!

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  18. A pear just got split in two at the farm by the koi pod. Lucky it fell the other way. They are such weak trees.

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    1. Split in two - I wonder if lightening hit it! I wonder how long this one will be standing. The trunks seem to be very small, and I worry some about them growing with intertwining branches. It seems if one falls, all three will go down.

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  19. You are about the 5th person this spring that has mentioned that pears are constantly falling over! I am not sure how I never noticed this, as its a dang windy place here sometimes. I think they are pretty, and yours too. He is unique. I'd keep him too until mother nature decides its over.

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    1. Maybe you didn't notice if you don't have one yourself. They seem to be planted everywhere, but I wonder why with their reputation of being so short-lived.

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  20. Hi Holley, What great big bloom clusters. It's true, now that you mention it, that I don't recall seeing multi-trunked pear trees before, but yours looks pretty neat. I have a fruiting pear tree in my yard that is so bad looking, it's ridiculous. It grows at a completely cockeyed angle and has lots of big "weeping" watersprouts after previous owners topped it repeatedly, but it still produces loads of fruit. More than I can use actually, so I leave some on the tree for deer and, especially, butterflies. They love the decaying fruit and come in droves.

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    1. Well, as long as it's producing, I guess it doesn't matter what it looks like! I'm amazed that it actually produces as much fruit as it does after being topped repeatedly!

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  21. The flowers are very pretty! The most important thing about the tree is that it is loved.

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  22. The flowering tree is very lovely. Whenever i see these trees in temperate climates, i always stand in awe. However, i can't delineate the pears, plums, apricots, apples, and those in that Malus family. For me they all look the same, just with different colors. I love them so much, maybe because we don't have them growing here in the country.

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    1. You're right - so many times the blooms look very similar, just as you say, with different colors. And the bees love them all!

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  23. Aw.. what beautiful sentiment that the three-trunked pear tree holds! The blooms are so pretty! Anyway, it's most important that you love your garden - not pear-tree snobs that don't live there :)

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    1. You're right - and I don't know any pear-tree snobs, anyway! :)

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  24. That's very pretty bloom on the pear tree! I never see pear bloom before! It's definately a special plant for you! ;)

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    1. It is special. And I think I love it more in summer when it softly shades the plants underneath. With out hot weather, and brutal sun, the plants appreciate the light shade it provides.

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  25. That's very pretty and I liked the story. My grandmother had a whole row of pear trees in her garden so we had pears every season. I was sad as child because we couldn't climb them. Grandma would have skinned us alive if we broke a limb.

    Hey, about that wild morning glory. May I use you as a character witness?
    What did you call it..evil! evil vine!
    I take it you've had these in your garden before.
    David/:0)

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    1. I bet your grandmother had lots of pear jam! Yes, you can certainly use me as a character witness. That vine is eeevvvvillll! :) I planted one one year, and the next year all I did was rip up little seedlings - they were everywhere! I'll never put that pretty flower in my garden again! I suppose in cooler climates it's a must-have, but for us in warmer climates - I say: Off with its head! :)

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    2. You'll be on the side of the human prosecution. I guess I should go sit in a chair and watch it grow and maybe count my trees each night to see if any are missing. LOL? Maybe not LOL!
      David/

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    3. "Watch it grow" is right. I loved mine at first because it grew as big as I wanted in one year, but it just wasn't worth it in the long run. Good luck with rescuing your tree!

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  26. When I lived in the city there was a pear tree in the yard. It was lovely and delicious...the squirrels loved it too and used to covet the fruit ...so much so they would throw half eaten pears at you if you got too close...

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    1. haha - Oh, my! I've never seen territorial squirrels like that!

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  27. That's pretty neat how it came up with the three trunks like that. I love the blooms too! I've got some blooms on one of the plum tress I planted last spring...so pretty.

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    1. I bet it is gorgeous. And I hope you get lots of plums from it!

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  28. I think it's kind of interesting with the three trunks! You would have stumped me on what it was if you hadn't told me. It's always fun to have something like that in the garden, especially if it was a special gift.

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    1. I think we do love the special gift plants so much more. I'm really glad it came up with multiple trunks, even though I think it makes it even weaker. I don't know how much longer it will last, but I am enjoying it while it does!

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  29. Love the symbolism. The "new" trees are very beautiful hope we have a mild wind spring for all our sakes. Do the trees produce any pears?

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    1. No pears. :( Wouldn't that be wonderful? I'll just have to settle for blooms!

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  30. I didn't realize multi-trunk trees were bad. When I first read through your post, I thought the blooms were beautiful, it was a sweet Mother's Day gift, and how cool to have a pear tree! Does it bear fruit?

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    1. No fruit. I have always heard multi-trunk trees were weaker than single trunked specimens, unless they're the type of tree that's supposed to have multiple trunks. I just couldn't bear to choose between the three trunks!

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  31. What beautiful blooms. A person has to love spring wit such beautiful sights.

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    1. Spring is really coming on fast here. And yes, it is wonderful! :)

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  32. Oh - I love pear trees too. Thank you for this post!

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    1. They are really elegant trees, I think.

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