Sunday, 7 December 2014

Tree following - Envy

Oh dear, the green-eyed monster has come a-calling.  It has been tapping on the window for a while but the other day it rang the bell and demanded entry.  Why is this you ask?  Sad to say I have had my head-turned by another quince, could be a better quince, could be a more productive more beautiful quince.  It has, dear reader, put my quince in the shade.

Is this the fore-warning of infedeltiy – am I going to replace my quince with a newer, more quincy/beautiful model?  Is my quince the Ruth in comparison to Mary Fisher?
Well, I am making no promises.


At Easton Walled Gardens they have this quince – it produces quinces (a key factor for a quince tree in my world) and it has very beautiful leaves that even without a quince included makes it a tree of desire.
and what does my quince do as a counteraction to all this?
There are similarities, but mine looks a bit scabby.  I have, however, invested time in my quince; we have developed a relationship and a commitment to each other.  (well, I have made a commitment I am not seeing much in the way of quinces as proof of commitment in return).  If I dispose of this quince now and replace it with another I will be back to the start of the waiting game.  At least with the devil I know I am several years in already.
Patience is a virtue – but dear quince be warned, there are others out there competing for my attention so next year I expect an obvious sign, a fruiting of your commitment.

Thanks as ever to Lucy for hosting this meme - more trees can be found here

4 comments :

  1. Dear Papaver
    If you have room, buy that variety too (it might just encourage/shock yours into pulling its socks up and getting going!) Also, you can never have enough plants in my book!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  2. Such a shame your quince is not doing what you want. May be it's the wrong variety? Try again with mulching, cow manure or may be wood ash. I don't know. Or it is accidently on the wrong place, sometimes they do better on another spot in the garden, so moving is the last trial.

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  3. I totally understand your quince envy. Can you fit in another one? That might encourage your quince into putting some effort into it's side of the relationship.

    As a fellow quince grower, i empathise with your frustration, even if this made me laugh!

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  4. Tell it to get cracking because you've waited long enough now, improve the soil and get a friend for your quince. It's probably lonely! Have you seen the Quince cultivation notes on the RHS website? They have some good practical advice which may help. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=298 Good Luck! Gillian

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