In 2004, my daughter and I, were overcome with the urge to move. We had the good fortune to stumble upon our perfect home. The house itself was rather ordinary, but the yard was a diamond in the rough. Being a born and raised city girl I had little to no knowledge about gardening. No one, most of all me, ever dreamed I'd fall in love with plants, shrubs, and trees, oh my! My 1/2 acre yard is in actuality a garden with a variety of rooms. Each room, has its own personality and slowly, the various room are being named. It is a process that isn't being taken lightly.
Being Q day my mind immediately went to quince. One of the treasures uncovered beneath a plethora of weeds was a beautiful quince shrub. As best as I have been able to determine, it is a Japanese Quince. It has the most incredible, beautiful, spectacular apricoty/peach coloured blossoms. After the flowers are gone, the quince shrub grows a type of fruit that can be best described as conjoined green (and later yellow) crab apples. I've never picked or used the fruit. I have plans to eventually experiment with quince jelly and possibly quince wine. My quince is by far one of my most intriguing shrubs.
|My quince shrub in early May 2010|
|A photo of Japanese Quince - the blossoms|
|Flowering Quince (not mine)|
|A closeup of flowering quince|
|Quince - the fruit|
Happy Q Day!