Our First Pear Harvest

pears in basketIt finally happened.

After planted 2 pear trees over 8 years ago, we finally have fruit!

We watched in amazement this spring as blossoms formed on the previously barren branches.

We held our breath as fruit formed from those blossoms.

We got excited as we watched the fruit grow all summer.

And yesterday we harvested our very first pear harvest.  We filled a nice sized box with large, luscious pears!

Do you know how many years my husband has threatened to cut down both of those non-bearing trees?  But he didn’t, choosing instead to give them just one more year.

And finally, this year we had our first harvest. It took eight years of growth, eight years of patience, and eight years of hard work, but we had fruit.

It reminds of the verse in Galatians:

“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~Galatians 6:9

Are you waiting for something today? Don’t give up.

Bedding Plants on a Budget

Bedding Plants

A quick stop at our local Amish Store and Nursery yielded me a lovely flat of bedding plants for just $4.

I’ve found that by waiting till June 1st, all of their bedding plants are marked way down. It’s a great way to get some beautiful, large plants for a great deal.

In this flat I was able to purchase: 18 dianthus plants, 6 petunia, 3 wave petunia, 6 pansy, 6 carpet of snow, and 6 small pretty blue flowers But I can’t remember their name!)

That’s 46 plants for just $4.

I was able to fill 6 planters and even used a few to fill in around my perennials in a flower bed.

The best part is, in another week or so I’ll stop back in. If they have any left, they just give them away.

Patience can be a very Thrifty Virtue!