Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A hail mary from the mystery willow!

I decided the mystery willow is gone. The neighbors behind it moved down the street and rented out the house to their nephews who smoke constantly, play loud bad music, and generally make me feel 80 years old, and why can't they just keep it down so I can putter in my yard, for pete's sake?

So I want to chop it down and plant something fast growing, evergreen, and DENSE. I succumbed to the Backyard Habitat rep's suggestion of a California wax myrtle. It grows really fast, it's evergreen, and it forms a nice privacy hedge.

But the mystery willow said a hail mary! It produced fruit.

The mystery willow is a pear tree! Goddamn it.

I'm still going to chop it down. My inner 80 year old demands it.


  1. Wow, surprise pears! That's pretty cool. Also, here's to hedges! My barberry hedge is still growing slowly between us and the evil neighbors. Despite the small size of the hedge, the thorns are nice and pokey!

  2. Barberry is a good idea . . . the renters like to hit golf balls into our yard. That would deter them from trying to retrieve them. ;)

  3. Haha, yeah! Our hedge is dwarf barberry, so it's really short and not much of a deterrent yet. But regular-sized might be!

  4. You can have my barberry hedges. You know how much I hate them!

    Surprise pears are the best, really.

  5. Surprise pears...total hail Mary although if it really wanted to surprise you that willow (well, now pear tree) would have bore some bark in the image of Jesus or started talking. Perhaps grow money? Fruit ain't going to save it from your inner 80 year old...chop away! New follower here. I have no idea how I stumbled across you and your blog but I am loving reading it! Make sure to pop on over and say hi! :)

  6. Ha! You have no idea how happy it would make me to find the face of jesus in my pear tree--I could retire and just sell tickets to see it!

    Thanks for stopping by--I just added you to my Reader. :)