Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, July 19, 2010 11:38 pm

RIP

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Sometime in the past few weeks, our brave Granny Smith apple tree by the driveway finally gave up the ghost. Its age was uncertain, but it was pretty spindly when we moved here more than 10 years ago, so it died before its time, for sure.

Fred and his chainsaw were kind enough to perform the obloquies while I was in the mountains last week.

When I was a little kid — like, pre-K — we had a peach tree in our front yard. And although the memory may be apocryphal, I’d always had this thing about wanting to eat fruit that grew in my own yard. So when, a couple of years after we moved in, this tree started bearing small but perfectly edible tart apples, I was delighted.

Unfortunately, a couple of years after we moved in was also when we had the driveway widened to accommodate two cars, and that’s probably what stressed the tree over time enough to kill it. Although I will point out that the fungus and tent caterpillars, for which I sprayed faithfully every year, didn’t help.

When we moved into this house, we also had a peach tree in the front yard. And when we had been here six or seven years, it actually started bearing fruit. But it was dead within two years of unknown causes.

Our sole remaining bearing tree is a pear tree in the front yard. Hooper harvested a boatload of pears from it just today, even though they’re still a little green, because it was that or let the squirrels get them. But that tree, too, is stressed, with dead branches visible. I’m not sure whether there are soil toxins, bugs, fungi or whether it’s just a victim of its own success, but some of its branches have cracked this year under the weight of the fruit they were bearing.

To be honest, I like the taste of the pears a bit more than I did the apples. But when the apple tree blossomed, there wasn’t a prettier tree in the yard.

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