Then lo and behold, a good friend read my post and e-mailed me to say she had a sad pear tree that wasn't being fully appreciated in the shade of a big cherry tree. She said that she imagined the owners who had planted the two knew that cherry trees and pear trees can cross-pollinate and perhaps the pear tree was planted simply to complement the cherry tree. It certainly looked like an after-thought there in the shade of the cherry tree.
Sue provided us with Coke and conversation as sustenance while James and I hacked away at the roots and dug in the dirt for over an hour. Then we hauled what was left into my van and I drove home with the leaves draped over the passenger seat. (I passed five police cars on the drive home. I wondered if perhaps I would have been better off taking the highway - maybe I could have taken the HOV lane.)
As I set about to dig the hole for my new asian pear tree, I waved excitedly to my neighbours, who have known for how long I've been wishing for one.
Belinda came running over excitedly to hear my news. They have been renovating and landscaping like crazy in their front yard for weeks and today they were tired and drenched in sweat from a full day's work. As exhausted as they were though, Ryan didn't hesitate. He grabbed his spade and helped me dig that hole as if it were simply understood.
A pear tree raising.
Thank you Sue and James.
Thank you Ryan.
~Miss Greenish Thumb~
*Sow, tend, eat, repeat. This Wednesday feature highlights an edible plant we're excited about. It's a fun way to share what's in season as well as our vegetable gardening journeys. In addition to our own reaping, posts are about local farmers' market finds, using up random CSA items... and of course, we like to share yummy recipes. Link up on Wednesdays!