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Or a radiator just below them if you don't have either of the above.
You need another pear to pollinate it to get fruit - other fruit species won't do.
If you look up your tree on this table, you'll see possible pollinators:
Many modern seeds don't need pinching out as they've been bred to be bushy. Begonias are usually OK left alone.
They're usually done in late summer to avoid birds' nests, so July-August.
The first one looks beyond saving, but the second looks OK. Does it need a trim? If it does, don't go back into brown wood as it won't recover - leave a layer of green everywhere.
Has it been caught by frost?
Alternatively, is it too dry? Hydrangeas like damp soil.
Freesia bulbs can be much darker, as here (freesia laxa):
You should do OK - they will self-seed rapidly if they're happy, and increase well.
The nutrient balance in it can change - nitrogen, for example, can go up. Rather than throw it, or use it as mulch to improve garden soil, mix half and half with some fresh compost and use it.