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Mike's Blog - Day 46

Himalayan section today, that’s the lower valley part of the North American Arboretum. This pear, Pyrus pashia, is the equal to any flowering cherry.

It usually produces a good crop of small pears but they tend to be a bit hard. They are best “Bletted”, in other words start the first stages of rotting, a bit like Medlar.

Most of the crop of course is too high to pick. The sheep love them, when they go into the arboretum in late October they often sit around the base of the tree and wait for them to fall off…