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Cherry and Pear

I have a new cherry tree and a new pear tree!

The cherry is a heritage Tamar Valley variety, 'Birchenhayes', named after Birchenhayes Farm down the Tamar at St Dominic.  It's a mid-season flowering plant, so I'm hoping it will be pollinated either by my existing self fertile cherry 'Summer Sun', or the Landkey Mazzards I'll be planting soon.  It is 'smaller growing' - ie, probably about 15 feet.   The Tamar used to be famous for its cherry orchards, but most of them have been rooted out and many of the old varieties lost.  There are only a couple of nurseries selling this one, it seems.  Fingers crossed it will do well.

The pear is even more exciting.  It's a pink flowering variety that was found growing wild on the lime kilns at Morwellham Quay, and propagated from that one plant, so the name is 'pear Morwellham'. According to the nursery, the fruit is a good sweet dessert one - although the label says 'fruit not yet tested' because apparently this one is so newly rediscovered that when they had the labels done, they hadn't actually managed to get a pear off it.   Now they have, but still, nobody knows exactly how or when it is pollinated.

I'm taking a gamble that there is a pear tree somewhere near enough that it will find an acceptable partner, as I don't really have room for two pears, and even if I did there would be no guarantee that I'd actually get two that are compatible.   This pear is so obscure that even the internet doesn't know it exists (until this blog post anyway)

Both of them came from the Endsleigh Gardens nursery just up the river.   They are both on 'vigorous' rootstocks, so they should be fairly robust trees.


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15th Mar, 2010 07:49 (UTC)
Are you sure you haven't just reached the end of chapter one of a fantasy novel? There's the mysterious plant found in the wilds, of mysterious provenence, and the only one of its kind, unknown even on the internet. There's the fruit that no-one has eaten yet. Some time round about the end of chapter three, you will eat that fruit, and you will suddenly gain the abilities to see fairies, or will turn into an animal, or will get whisked off to a magical land full of pear groves.

However, I don't think it's going to be a scary fantasy novel, with Dark Lords and 3000 pages of murdered henchmen. I think it's probably written by Diana Wynne Jones. I look forward to hearing about your adventures when you safely reach chapter 20.
15th Mar, 2010 09:07 (UTC)
I periodically feel that a fantasy novel is going on around us - perhaps in the next valley, or we have got there 10 minutes too late to be in the plot. Occasionally I suspect I even get to be a figure in the distant background.

It would be nice to get some actual plot, though it will take the tree a couple of years to settle in before I get the chance...

Of course if I am still a 'figure in background' it may be that there are 3000 pages of murdered henchmen somewhere but I will "never find out any more about it", like the fox at the start of the Lord of the Rings that is startled to encounter four hobbits sleeping in a wood.

If Magic Pear gives me the ability to see fairies, I needn't wait, of course. Already see fairies occasionally, and when that happens I like to eat chips and watch American television and tell myself that my eyes are *really good* at projecting people-shapes and faces on random shapes. Am easily weirded out!
15th Mar, 2010 12:13 (UTC)
There's mileage in a plot like that. Nothing interesting ever seems to happen to the main character, but whenever he bends down tend to his turnips, armies trample past behind him with banners and flowing robes, just skirting the parish boundaries as they head off for who knows what. The nearby market town disappears one day, leaving behind just a vague shimmering, but he never finds out what happened to it. Strange colours are seen in the sky to the west (and east and north and south) but the sky over his house is lovely. Hmm... Not quite sure how to develop the story from there, though. :-)

Though I did once write a story that consisted of short scenes each from the viewpoint of a different character, in which each of them was busy with their own lives, when they saw a fragment of an incident that they didn't understand, and weren't that interested in, anyway. However, the reader was able to put all the fragments together and understand the huge big story that was actually taking place. So you might be able to piece together the fantasy novel by comparing notes with neighbours.

I've never come across chips and American TV as antidotes to fairies, before. Maybe that's where Tam Lin went wrong?
15th Mar, 2010 19:31 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that Tam Lin's problems are largely attributable to him predating 'Stargate SG1'
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