As winter turns to spring many of us are spending more time in the garden, contemplating what could be… when thinking about plants and and landscapes, why not consider the quince?
Flowering quince (Chaenomeles) are a wonderful winter hardy, disease resistant, deciduous shrub which grow well in the northern states. The thorny, twisted branches become covered with masses of vibrantly colored coral, pink, orange or white blossoms in the late winter and early spring. As the blossoms fade, bright green leaves replace them. Finally, in the winter when the leaves give in to the frost, hard, yellow, waxy fruits are revealed.
At each of these stages, the nearly indestructible quince will provide you with many levels of elegant beauty and fragrance indoors and out.
In January, or early February, at the bud stage, quince branches can be cut and “forced” to bloom indoors. The warmth of the indoors entices the tight buds to open early and grace the indoors with delicate blossoms.
Short or tall, quince can always make an elegant arrangement. This year, we placed a couple of branches (about a foot tall) in individual glasses that made up a set.
Simply Luxurious says
I've never heard of quince. Thank you for teaching me something new today. They are beautiful and the variety of colors they come in provide for quite a bit of choice.
Quince preserved "in a bath of vanilla syrup" OMG that sounds wonderful and the blossoms are simply gorgeous. I fell in love with quince while visiting the Cloisters in NYC.