We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Seckel Pears, aka Sugar Pears, or Dessert Pears. One of my Dad's Seckel trees had a great crop this fall but it was a bit far north for them to ripen by September. More likely ripe on the tree by mid-late October.
Seckels are about 1/3 the size of regular Bartlett or Bosc Pears, and far sweeter. Like most pears, you need a couple of different pear varieties near by to ensure fertilization.
It's tree-planting season now here, late Oct and early November, for every sort of tree and shrub. It's the right time for transplanting things too.
Miller Nurseries has Seckels, also Stark Bros. I recommend the dwarf trees which grow up to about 10'. I only will plant standard trees for the birds and animals out on the edges. Cherry, apple, etc. Let them grow and ignore them.
BD, This is off-topic but the only way I can make contact for an inquiry. I haven't seen anything from Doc Mercury recently. The email address I have for him has been closed. Is everything OK with him? I know he had some health issues, I fear something may have befallen him. You can email me if you prefer.