Evergreen Pears: From Sunrise to Sunset on a Sunny Day in Early California Spring. February 8, 2018.
Music: Dancing with Gong and Shang by Wang Leehom.
Point to Ponder: A second opinion never hurts, not only in medicine, but also in many situations in life.
Story Line: In the spring of 2017, two of the three Evergreen Pears in the above video looked very pale and they hardly had any bloom. Trees looked very sick. So we called for the tree doctor. The company sent their customer service specialist to assess the situation before referring our case to one of their internal tree doctors.
The gentleman who came over mentioned he had many years of experience. After a few minutes of looking at the trees he said that one of them is most likely dead and he would need to take a sample from inside part of the other tree for analysis to see if it has any hope and then decide what kind of injections will be needed. He suspected that the years of drought and then the heavy rains previous winter had damaged the tree root system and internal parts. Initial estimate was $$$ for sample analysis. Injections and surgery charges would be decided later. He handed me the estimate sheet and told me to call him when we were ready.
A few days later when we told our gardener about the situation, he pleaded not to remove the tree. He mentioned that trees were over 40 years old and they have been through many ups and downs in weather and bloomed beautifully in past spring seasons. He requested me to give them another year and also suggested that we consult reputed nursery for special fertilizers. From nursery we got advice to try seaweed solution.
I also mentioned about the trees to the guy who cleans our fish pond. He seem to know quite a bit about trees and suggested that I feed them fishpond water which is very rich in nutrients for trees and plants. This worked well because every month I needed to replace 20% pond water with fresh one.
This year, spring has come early in Northern California. And we have never seen these three blooming so lavishly with so bright vibrant flowers in 20 years of association with them.
Note: In one minute video on top of this reflection, we have captured a day in the life of these trees from Sunrise to Sunset. The photos are taken at different parts of the day. First half of video is from Sunrise to Noon. The second half is from Noon to just after Sunset.
Reflection: In life, consulting People with hands-on and practical experience has helped us in many situations; finance, health, legal, dealing with people and cultures. This case was no exception either. Also giving up on things, people too soon is not a good idea and past reflections have covered stories about this subject.