Chaenomeles japonica

Flowering Quince
ROSACEAE, The Rose Family

What blooms in winter in pink, white or red? What shrub’s forced branches are amazing in cut flower arrangements? What flower is important during Chinese New Year?

A red quince blooms near my bus stop.

I saw Chaenomeles japonica ‘Jet trail’ in the exhibit of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association at the Home and Garden Show. It was very pretty, like just about everything in the Rose family. Various cultivars range in size from low, spreading mounds to large shrubs. Most make good hedge plants.

For some reason I just thought of Great Dixter, and want to rip out roses, put hedges around absolutely everything and pave all suitable open spaces in river stone doggie mosaics. Just build things, cultivate, invite. Espalier cherries with black bird netting, bumble bees buzzing over lace cap hydrangeas, their legs heavy with purple pollen. A pear tree holding a bird’s nest high, against the chimney. Hello alpine, woodland crew and rock gardeners. Hello vegetarian shepherd’s pie, hello pints of crisp Sussex cider.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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