When Penny and I walked in Banksia Park yesterday, we admired the old cherry orchard and then headed off along the walking trail. I stopped to read this sign...
(Click on the photo and the sign will 'biggify' so you can read it.)
What old pear tree, I wondered. I looked around. No pear tree here. Only this giant tree I'm standing under...
I looked up. Oh, wow!
Omigod! Is that how big my little backyard pear tree will grow? We don't generally see big deciduous fruit trees in Melbourne, because European settlement only dates from about the 1840s in this area. This would have to be the oldest pear trees I have ever seen in Melbourne.
I had to convince myself it was indeed a pear tree. I still couldn't believe they get so big. So to Penny's mystification I climbed onto the nearby seat to examine the blossom. (She looked away from the horrible sight of me peering down at her.)
Yes! Pear blossom!
Penny and I will be back early next year to see if there's fruit for the picking.