Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Tree Following: the trail of the lonesome quince

In the blue ridge mountains of virginia 
On the trail of the lonesome pine (Harry Carroll 1913). 

Except it's not anywhere near a blue ridge mountain (maybe a small hillock) and its not a pine, it's a quincelet. Just the one remains, sadly, solitary.  As the song says: like the mountains I'm blue. 
and let's face it, its a dead one.  Yes, all my cherished quinclets have dropped off.  They are no more, they could become part of a dead parrot sketch with the word parrot replaced by quince.  I considered placing it in the a fruit cellar, in a chair and pretending it was still alive, but for one thing I do not own a cellar never mind a fruit one and, also, films tell us this is not a good move. 
I am left with the memories of where the quinclets were.

Oh well, there's always next year.

Thanks to Lucy for hosting this meme, more trees can be found here:

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  1. I'm sorry. I hope you have better fortune next year

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  2. That's terrible! We are all struck down in grief. (Seriously - maddening and disappointing though.) But you have the tree. Where there's a quince tree this year there's hope for fruit in the next.

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    1. Thanks - there is indeed always next year, though I might threaten it with an axe to concentrate its mind!

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  3. Bummer! I'm ignorant of quinces and was hoping to learn. But I'm ignorant of quince trees too, so I'd like to see and hear more of your tree, even if it's quinceless.

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    1. Thanks - it's a great tree generally. Really nice foliage, good strong growth and nice blossom. It is worth growing anyway. Apparently some are notoriously slow to fruit.

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  4. Such a shame, here's hoping that next year is better.

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  5. Sorry to hear this Alison. I had high hopes for your tree this year. I'm guessing mine, which is younger than yours, will drop any day now too. Best luck for next year.

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    1. I hope you get one through to fruiting - it's so maddening when they fall off. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  6. That's rather sad. But where there's green there's hope.
    I went googling for the word quinclet (or quincelet) and found that Quincelet is a French surname!
    All the best with the rest of the tree-following year :)

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    1. Gosh, maybe I should change my name to quinclet :)

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  7. I feel for your, man. But you have to move on with your life. Time will certain make the pain go away. Wish you luck next year.

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    1. I shall start singing 'Let it go' until the pain fades or the neighbours complain :)

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  8. What a sad story! Here's to next year ...

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  9. So sad about your quinces. Here's hoping you get a bumper crop next year. Around here the quinces would have been eaten (or half-eaten) by the squirrels and birds as soon as they changed color. At least yours had a silent, non-violent death....

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