So, I'm griping because my garden isn't knocking me silly with abundance. Last year, by this time, the pear tree was dropping fruit at a rate of sometimes 30 pears a day.
This year (and only within the last week), we've had maybe two, four a day. Yesterday there were five on the ground.
But I kept noticing an odd bulge in the pear tree. An unsightly malformation in its foliage. Probably shoulda hired an arborist, I told myself, and hoo, was I right.
Today we discovered a serious limb was cracking off the main trunk. It had to come down. Hell, it WAS coming down, under its own weight.
So Cranky climbed a ladder with a saw, and I sat below him on the ground, holding the ladder, and got conked in the head by falling fruit and branches (we haven't decided who was more stupid, him or me).
Once the limb was removed from the tree, we could see evidence of previous disaster prunings. This is the sunny side of the tree, and apparently it gets very heavy, often. (It's only our second year of pear ownership; gimme a break.) I wandered around under the canopy of the tree, and discovered at least two more locations where limbs have ripped away, unable to support all the fruit.
We saved all the pears that came off (several of them jumped off the branches during the surgery; the rest were plucked). I think they might actually ripen.
But who wants this many pears at once? I think we got 100 pounds.
(And you don't even wanna know how many are left on the tree.)