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vigorously growing pear tree not fruiting

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:31

Most pears need another pear tree from the right group in order to be properly pollinated - some (e.g. Conference and Concorde) are at least partially self-fertile and will produce a reasonable crop without a pollination partner (but an even better one with).

Your difficulty in providing a pollination partner will be knowing the variety of the pear tree you have in order to select a partner from the right group. 

Info here

Remember that pears will not ripen to the eating stage on the tree - they need picking before that stage and storing - explanation here

Hope that helps

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:15

Very intelligent birds, the corvids

Next weeks forecast

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:13

At the moment a heatwave here would be  anything over 20C for more than an hour or so

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 06:10

My delphiniums are only about 12" tall Verdun shouldn't need staking yet every cloud has a silver lining


Posted: 02/06/2015 at 05:53

Good morning all   Wintersong!  Are you still awake?

Hope everyone and their gardens are surviving this wind ... we've got a large 'seaside windmill' on the top of our runner bean teepee   it's whizzing around like crazy!

Bird ID

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:56

Wonky's right.  Definitely an adult starling Baza, in breeding plumage.  Have a look at this link

The youngsters are just a plain dull brown.

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:26

Hang a bird feeder in the tree to attract blue tits and great tits etc - they'll get the aphids and any other bugs and critters in the tree for you


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:16

He'd have probably had to do her breakfast - she's not as mobile as she was - nowadays she goes to feed the family ponies and donkeys and visit the bees on her mobility scooter - but she'd have told him where everything was and supervised and chatted to him about her chickens and the family in Tasmania while he cooked it

Just checked - he's 20mins away at the most - and he'd have been on The Gower proper


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:09
fidgetbones wrote (see)

OH  is staying tonight and coming back tomorrow night. He's somewhere on the gower peninsula. ...

One of my most favourite places in the world! He could pop in and say Hi to my slightly bonkers and absolutely wonderful Aunty B - she'll make him very welcome

id needed please

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:05

Hi Garden Geek

Can you post a photo please?  Click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.

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