Last year the beautiful old Queen Anne Cherry tree, that grows in our backyard, ripened so many cherries that it literally split in half and toppled over two days before my daughter's birthday. Well, half of it toppled over. The other half remained standing. Our pear tree seems determined to follow cherry tree's tipsy lead.
I suppose if we were decent farmer types, we would get out there on the ladder and thin the hundreds of redundant pears. We are not. Instead, we will wait until the pears have dropped to the ground and threaten to turn our yard to mush before we take action. This may seem lazy, or even remiss in some way to those not in the know. Those of us who have more information, know that our one and only ladder bent and failed last summer, and a replacement has not made it to the top of the list yet.
I am not complaining. The pears look beautiful. And before they fall, those pears will reach sugary perfection if only for a few days.