My early bloomers are pretty far along as well. They looked pretty tight Sunday and then Tuesday, it was a very different story.
Below is Granny Durden: Granny Durden is probably a seedling and has always been the blooming companion to Winnie. Granny Durden is a really good soft pear in her own right, but she is not so different from other varieties to really stand out. Still it’s a delicious versatile early ripening pear.
Winnie is very likely a seedling. It’s a big round sweet juicy crunchy pear that succulent, not hard. It’s usually the first to bloom, but it does not look ahead of Granny Durden or Southern Bartlett this year.
Below is Southern Bartlett. Usually Southern Bartlett blooms more with Goldenboy, Tennessee and LeConte’. Those pears aren’t far behind this year, but Southern Bartlett seems a little further ahead of the pack than it usually is. Maybe that’s an effect of all the chilling hours we’ve gotten this year. God bless.