Pear-fect & pumpkins

Mystery pear

Mystery pear

We moved into our house ten years ago. There were a few fruit trees, including a broken off twig of a young pear tree. It’s a in a weird location jammed up against a fence and was obviously seriously damaged at some point, with everything except one side branch remaining. I should have pulled it out, but I left it place and year after year it continued to grow and fill out a bit more. But, it never produced any fruit in all these ten years. A few years ago, I planted a few new pear trees. Apparently, having some cross pollinators helped and this year I got my first fruit off the tree. And it looks absolutely perfect.

I’m not sure which variety it is, although one interesting thing about the pear is that it was covered is a light brown fuzz all during the growing stage and this fuzz really only disappeared once the pear fully matured. Any guesses what type of pear this is?

Sugar pumpins

Sugar pumpins

Recently, I also harvested my sugar pumpkins. The above pumpkins plus two more (already made into pie and eaten) all came off one vine. The vine was huge! I had a couple of other vines in the same general area, but they ended up with powder mildew problems early on and died. Since this variety did so well and fought off the powder mildew longer than the other varieties, I’ve saved seeds from this plant for next year.

I hope your fall garden is doing well.


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5 Responses to Pear-fect & pumpkins

  1. kitsapfg says:

    No idea on what variety of pear that is – but it is a beauty! The pumpkins are just charming looking sitting on that curved seat bench. Looks like something from a garden calendar photo shoot.

  2. Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen says:

    Hi Sandy – might the mystery pear actually be quince?

  3. Laura, glad you liked the photo. The little bench is quite comfy. It’s made out of an old wine barrel, so it’s recycled too!

    Kate, that’s a great question. I have no idea! That would be pretty neat though. I’ll let you know if I figure it out.


  4. Hannah says:

    Are you sure it’s not quince? Flowers at the tip of leaf growth, smell like heavenly sunshine when you eat not so good, need to be cooked…. Are usually fuzzy especially when young. When stewed they often go a bit pink. Just curious?

  5. Diana says:

    Ha ha ha looks like I wasn’t as quick as I thought. My guess was quince too. 🙂

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