Monday, 4 July 2011
What a Garden Makes
The pears have a long way to go yet, but they're there! Last year our pear tree gave not a single pear, but this year we have perhaps 10 pears... Grand! (The apple tree that gave around three dozens last year has not produced a single apple this year, though, and it seems the flower buds were frozen off before the pollinators had a chance to get to them.)
Like the pear, the plum tree didn't produce any fruit last year, but this year it seems to be doing fine, producing some 40 plums. I look forward to seeing what type of plums they are and whether they're any good or - like our mirabelles - somewhat dull.
In other news, the past Saturday gave Copenhagen approximately 150mm of rain in just two hours... Streets flooded, basements (including the one where we store a large part of the furniture for the new flat) filled with water and disruption to public and private transport, television signals, cell phone reception, and even the national weather forecasting service... Fortunately our furniture seems to have survived relatively unscathed, so all is well for us.
Oh, but I have more pictures... And I need to show them to you!
After all, while I love the utilitarian plants in the garden, a garden is essentially - the way I use it - a frivolous pursuit and in some way a luxury. Just like a blooming flower that serves no practical purpose, other than to be pretty and to make people happy. The garden does that for me.
The peas, the day lilies, the pears; all serve the common purpose of creating one happy Flâneur Gardener. In spite of torrential downpours, basement flooding and whatever.