Buzzing About Pears!

I am very pleased to report that my 3-in-1 pear trees are not only in flower, but are being visited by bees! There has been somewhat lower bee activity in my back yard over the past few years. I am not certain what has accounted for this, but there have been concerns about lower bee activity overall in the United States. Notably, colony collapse disorder has been offered as one of the reasons (http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572).

This weekend is the start of my pre-spring clean-up of my back yard, primarily removal of weeds. Some of the weeds had flowered, attracting bees not only to the weeds but to my fruit trees nearby.

For that reason, I was reluctant to start my weed removal project until now. Hopefully, the bees will find my fruit tree blossoms to be more tasty!

My pear (and apple) trees are dotted with blossoms. My apple tree also has small fruits. I anticipate a harvest this season of apples, pears, and quince (as mentioned in my previous post, my 3-in-1 pear tree was grafted onto the rootstock of a quince, so it is a pear and quince tree!).

I am very hopeful that the bees will coming with great regularity to my garden from now on. I (and my plants) have missed them greatly!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Pear and apple seeds are highly toxic if ingested.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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