Last Years harvest
I have had my traps out for ages and they seemed to be catching lots of moths however as the first of the pears ripened it was clear there was a problem, they were rotten and brown on the inside despite looking almost perfect on the outside. I clung to my hopes for a while but this morning it was evident that even the Beurre Boscs had coddling moth. I have stripped both trees and fed them to the poultry.
Such a shame. When I read last years entry two things stand out, firstly the harvest was about six weeks later, so i wonder what impact that has had plus the very humid weather. The other is that I put the exclusion bags on last year and I am so annoyed with myself that I didn't at least put some on. The apples had them on, mainly to protect from the sun, and they had no coddling moth so i am hoping that the quinces, which also have bags on, will be OK. I guess I was over confident and will have to learn from my mistakes.
While I was picking up all the pears on the ground
I noticed this pumpkin that has grown on the passionfruit vine. What a beauty, it made me smile anyway.