Fleeting sunshine and longer days have coaxed the pear trees to open their flowers…

 

 

but the cold wind has sent the bumble bees back to their burrows and there’s no sign of pollinators for this hardy blossom.

 

 

A closer view reveals a complicated tangle of stamens at varying stages of development around the branched stigma.  Conference is a self fertile variety and it looks as though some pollen has already reached the stigma, so perhaps I don’t have to reach for a paint brush.

 

 

Meanwhile the apple trees are still waiting for warmth…

 

 

their tightly furled flower buds protected by woolly bracts.  Warmer days are forecast for the end of the week.  Perhaps they’ll bring out the apple blossom and the bees.

(Click on any photo for a closer view)