In the early days of Gardening in Houston, the selections were limited at the few places to buy plants. One of the prized shrubs available: The Japanese Quince. Dad and Mom purchased our first home when I was 2 and planted a Quince in the middle of the back fence among some wax leaf ligustrums. The gnarly bush and I grew up together and experienced many firsts! This was the first flower I took apart to see what was inside. The first thorn to prick my finger was on the quince. I first noticed bees on these flowers. I learned to catch bees in a jar around the shrub. (I caught the bumblebees with my hands). I discovered the flowers went away, but were the very first to bloom every new year. This was the first shrub I pruned (to Dad's horror). It did grow back in spite of me! Finally, this was the first wild fruit I tasted and it was yucky. I have shared info below from Wikipedia about the Flowering Quince. Yes, all these years later as an old Granny, I still have a gnarly old Red Flowering Quince. Now I make excellent jelly from the bletted fruit! As a surprise bonus, I also have a Double Peach Flowering Quince who just began his bloom! Enjoy your photostudy of these Flowers and plant one for yourself!
Link to photostudy in G+ Albums:
Red Flowering Quince
|Chaenomeles in flower, probably a cultivar of C. × superba|
Species and hybrids
Little King wants to bury his cookie!
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!