A hedginess of quince

When I first moved into this house way back in 2007, I looked at the front of the house and the space underneath the lounge window and thought 'ornamental quince hedge'.  This gap had flowery hedge written all over it and I knew it just had be done.  I have over the years charted the development of the hedge, from its early days when still a handful of leafy twigs to getting mature enough to cut with hedge trimmers.
The hedge is made up of Chaenomeles superba 'Crimson and Gold'.   I planted them in Autumn 2007 and it took them a few years to really put their roots out and establish.  Those first few years were not as rain-filled as recent years have been and I think this did not suit them.  Once we started having wetter years they seemed to develop at a pace.
Now I look at them and I am so pleased with what they have become.  They are a hedge, the more I trim them into the shape, the more they thicken up further and flex their hedginess even more.   I love the ripple of red running through the hedge at the moment.  It is a bee-magnet, especially good in these early weeks of the year when pollinators can struggle to find food.  It also reminds me of the one I had at a previous house, when I did not know what it was but I knew I loved it.  I used to walk past it in the front garden and be amazed at the sound of buzzing come from it.  It is a plant that connects me to both gardens, to different times in my life.  Such plants are treasured.

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  1. My quince hedge by the back door fills me with delight at this time of year, although it was a little late this time. Usually it starts flowering in November but this time it was December before the first flower bud opened. I just cut mine back to the wall each year so that I can walk along the path and hadn't realised that by doing so meant that it flowered earlier and longer, until I googled it some time ago to find out why!

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    1. They are great shrubs and that cutting them makes them flower earlier is a good thing to know - thanks

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  2. There are so many colours too in the Chaenomeles family. I have a beautiful salmon coloured on but had not thought of using them for a hedge.
    I had a quick peek at my Edgeworthia yesterday after reading your last post. Heavens to Betsy, I have developing buds on the ends of the branches! If everything progresses well this will be the first time it has flowered since planting. Thank you for the reminder. I shall have to do a garden post when it does.

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