Tree Following February 2023

One of the delights of growing quince trees is that they start to wake up earlier than many of the other trees in my garden. 

Quince Major is a lighter sleeper than Quince Minor,
but both of them are stirring themselves into up to something and this feels both good and a little fraught at the same time.  As I write this the night temperatures are going down to -5 again, we even have a vague threat of snow next week (this threat is getting weaker by the forecast and might just be cold mizzle by now); but the point is we are still in the frost/snow zone and will be for some weeks yet.  I delight in seeing the early movement and I hold to the hope that the emerging blossom buds will not be damaged.  To lose all hope of quinces this early in the year would be a disappointment.

Stay strong dear Quince Brothers, this could be the year you have both been waiting for.  This could be the year where you truly compete against each other for who can have the most goodly harvest.  A friendly competion please though lads, I don't want any covert squirrel directing....

More followed trees can be found here under the stewardship of Squirrel Basket

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  1. The quince trees are fascinating and your photos are lovely. This time of year, when plants start to appear and trees begin to break bud, is special.

    1. Thanks, I love this time of year too, it all still feels possible.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading about these two trees through the year. xx

  3. Go quinces! but do keep the competition friendly ....

  4. It makes me think of concentrated bright yellow sunshine. Encouraging!

  5. Hope we avoid a Beast from the East this year - that was around March 1, I seem to recall...
    All the best to you and the quinces :)

  6. I look forward to reading about the quince competition over the next year


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