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Fruit Trees

From May 19 to June 12 this year, my Dad visited us in Victoria. One of his objectives of his stay was to plant some fruit trees for the kids and generations after who would stay in this house. I just took all the tags off from the trees as they are getting bigger. In order to not lose the names of these fruit trees, I’m recording them here so that I can keep referring back to them.

Grafted Four-way Combo Pear Tree

  • Anjour Pear (Pyrus)
  • Red Bartlett Pear (Pyrus)
  • Bartlett Pear (Pyrus)
  • Conference Pear (Pyrus)
Pear Tree

Green Gage Plum Semi Dwarf

Features – Medium, round, greenish-yellow fruit with an excellent, sweet flavour. Great choice for eating fresh, canning or cooking. A self-fertile, European variety.

Exposure – Plant in full sun for best results

Fertilizing – Apply a general purpose fertilizer in early spring and again in midsummer if soil moisture can be maintained.

Watering – Pay close attention to new plantings and maintain moist, but not soggy, conditions. For established plants, be sure to water to avoid drought.

Cherry Tree

Lapin Cherry Gisela Tree Semi Dwarf

Features – The fruit is quite large with a deep red colour and lighter red flesh. This variety is self-fertile. Ripens early to mid-season. Well suited for the home orchard or urban garden.

Average Size – 15 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide

Fertilizing – Apply a general purpose fertilizer is early spring and again in midsummer if soil moisture can be maintained.

Watering – Pay close attention to new plantings and maintain moist, but not soggy, conditions. For established plants, be sure to water to avoid drought.

Pink Lady Apple

Features – Pink lady is a premium eating apple, known for their crisp, sweet-tart flavour with whitish flesh. Pink lady apples originally came from Australia, and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, two durable and popular varieties.

Average Size – 18-20 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide

Exposure – Plant in full sun for best results

Fertilizing – Apply a general purpose fertilizer is early spring and again in midsummer if soil moisture can be maintained.

Watering – Pay close attention to new plantings and maintain moist, but not soggy, conditions. For established plants, be sure to water to avoid drought.

Honeycrisp Apple

Features – Sweet, exceptionally crisp and juicy fruit. Ripens in late September to early October. Stores well, up to five months. Its explosive crispness, flavour, and texture make this a must for your home orchard. Blooms mid season.

Average Size – 12-15 ft. tall and 12-15 ft. wide

Exposure – Plant in full sun for best results

Fertilizing – Apply a general purpose fertilizer is early spring and again in midsummer if soil moisture can be maintained.

Watering – Pay close attention to new plantings and maintain moist, but not soggy, conditions. For established plants, be sure to water to avoid drought.





The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

I finished reading The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey book yesterday.  It was one of the management books Brian Westgate has been recommending me to read.  Below are some highlights from the book:

  • Experience is not what happens to you; It’s what you do with what happens to you.
  • The only way to develop responsibility in people is to give them responsibility.
  • Practice hands-off management as much as possible and hands-on management as much as necessary.
  • Assigning involves a single monkey; Delegation involves a family of monkeys.
  • If you always agree with your boss, one of you is not necessary.
  • A summary of Oncken’s four rules of monkey management:
    • Rule 1: Describe the Monkey: The dialogue must not end until appropriate “next moves” have been identified and specified.
    • Rule 2: Assign the Monkey: All monkeys shall be owned and handled at the lowest organizational level consistent with their welfare.
    • Rule 3: Insure the Monkey: Every monkey leaving your presence on the back of one of your people must be covered by one of two insurance policies: 1) Recommend, then act, 2) Act, then advise.
    • Rule 4: Check on the Monkey: Proper follow-up means healthier monkeys.  Every monkey should have a checkup appointment.

China!

Going to China tomorrow!  SO PUMPED!

The One Minute Manager

Started reading The One Minute Manager today.  It’s pretty good so far.

I’ve also been trying out what Nicole and I discussed during the coaching session.  About which type of leaders we prefer in our society.  Authoritarian v.s. Empathetic.  About how we can’t force people to follow us.  Emperor Cao or people’s leader.  I feel like I’m starting to grow a bit more from the discussion in the coaching session.  It also made me realize that goals are essential for career development.  Things are getting better at work.  Still have problematic areas, but I think it’s on the way up.

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