Sunday, 6 March 2016

Tree following - time marches on

The Quince Tree is refusing to take any notice of the recent frosty nights and continues to unfurl.
Whether I get fruit or not from this tree this year I do admire how it gracefully unfurls its leaves.  You can see that they are slightly downy and they are a wonderfully fresh spring green.
At the moment they are delicately arranged along the branches in a wafty sort of way.  The blossom buds are still quite covered so I am hoping they have not been damaged by frost.
As soon as the frosts are finished and the blossoms start to really appear I am going to start feeding this tree with liquid seaweed.  This year it will have no excuses not to hang on to its quincelets.  This year I await the transition from quinclet to quinceling that then will eventually be a fully fledged quince.

I shall hold off polishing the runcible spoon just yet.

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11 comments :

  1. Have never eaten quince.. what is it like?

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    1. If I get some fruit this year I will let you know :)

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  2. So nice to see and hear how you are cherishing the quince tree. Here too some shrubs and trees are careful unfurling their leaves, which make me worry a bit because we have one day rain, the other day frost. So bad for the garden.

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    1. It's turned very cold here, it has been sleet on and off all weekend. I worried we would have a late cold winter and sadly it seems that we are.

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  3. Dear Alison
    My husband is given small quince fruits from a work colleague and has made quince jam and membrillo (a little bit like a fruit leather which can be sliced and is apparently very good with cheese). To me, the fruit has a beautiful, delicate perfume and a little added to apple in a pie or crumble is delicious.
    I hope you get the chance to taste some from your own tree this year!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  4. I have 5 quinces in my quite small garden; 2 of them from the Cydonias and 3 Chaenomeles. I just love them. One is from some mystery seed labelled 'French Quince' that a friend got for me and sent without telling me who it was. It is now 3 ft tall and yes it might be a while before it fruits but I have grown it from seed and that is fantastic.

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    1. I have 1 cydonia and several chaenomeles also, your mystery seed sounds very exciting. They are great trees/shrubs.

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  5. That looks very healthy! Fingers crossed.
    I'm not sure if I am allowed to put links in these comments, but I saw this quince cake recipe yesterday and thought of you!
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/mar/06/nigel-slater-spiced-quince-cake-and-pearl-chocolate-hazelnut-cake-recipes
    Maybe a bit early to make such plans, though :)

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  6. Hi Alison, I know you from the GPS website, I thought I would come and say hello here too :-)
    I love quince, but have no trees (yet….) but I have 2 chaenomeles. They have however endured container life for quite a few years because I have moved house so I keep pruning them several times a year – as a result they haven’t had fruit since they were free spirits. Soon they will get a permanent place in my new garden so maybe next year!

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  7. I hope the owl and the pussycat leave your quinclets alone!

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  8. I shall cross my fingers and hope for at least one quince for you to eat this year!

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