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Chaenomelis x Superba Crimson and Gold — 32 Comments

  1. Alistair, we have a large quince of the same variety and we love it, as do the sparrows, which nest in the branches. We are still under 3 feet of snow, so I am enjoying spring vicariously through your photographs!

  2. Hi Alistair, So glad to see you have started making your mark on your front garden. I loved the picture of the chaenomelis. I have one against a wall here, but no idea of the variety as it was long before I started collecting labels. Funny you mentioned the fruit as I was wondering that too the other day as I had so much last year which is still lying on the ground. I don’t think this can be the same sort of quince that the jelly is usually made from, but I did look it up and apparently if cooked you can eat it.
    http://ediblethings.net/2013/01/04/jam-and-japonica/
    Well the birds don’t eat mine so I don’t think I will either.
    I can’t believe it but we actually have dwarf narcissus (Tete a tete) in flower here too. We are usually about 2 weeks behind Cheshire. Other plants still seem to be a bit behind you though. We haven’t had a lot of frost, but there is still plenty of time. Hoping for another lovely day today.

    • Annette, our birds don’t eat the quince either – I think the fruits are too big. They prefer the crab apples and cherries as they are much smaller. Our squirrels devour the quince. I’m lucky to be able to scavenge enough for some jelly and a pie or too.

      If you have a lot of fruit, I would try cooking it and and sweeten it with honey and sugar or even artificial sweetener. I use Splenda as my husband is diabetic. It makes a wonderfully tart pie. I add a meringue topping and it’s divine. They peel and cut like apples with a core inside. I make the filling more like I make lemon curd. Definitely give it a try if you have fruit – you’ll likely be very pleasantly surprised.

      • I’ll maybe try that next year – thanks. I actually wish our squirrel would discover it too – it would stop him eating so many of the bird’s peanuts.

  3. Please to see you’ve made a start on the front garden Alistair, I’m sure you and Myra will have it looking amazing in no time. It must be an exciting time, waiting too see what bulbs are going to appear.
    I’ll be looking forward to the progress you make – at least with the builders coming, you will be able to concentrate on one garden at a time.

  4. Our neighbour grows a quince that I get to enjoy from afar. It is of scarlet hue and manages to make it self seen through the evergreens on the border. It is always a happy moment for me as it is an early bloomer – which I look forward to after this long cold winter.

  5. I love Chaenomeles and my superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ is 10 years old this spring. I prune it heavily though to keep it in its allotted space, and right now it is actually relocated to a large pot. Pruning it like this means no fruit as fruit only comes on second or even third year wood, but I am not really that keen on the fruit anyway. I know you can cook them and eat them but they don’t taste that much so I’d rather keep my Chaenomeles small and manageable in my tiny garden. Last week I received my second Chaenomeles ordered online, Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Moerloosei’ and I can’t wait to see it in flower. I will prune it the same way. My Chaenomeles starts to flower just before Christmas and usually goes on flowering right until end of March or beginning of April.

    It must be so exciting to see what’s coming out of the ground in your new garden, I guess it is a bit like Christmas every week, have you discovered something rather unusual yet?

  6. Hi Alistair
    How wonderful to have a clean palette to work with! You had so many successes in Aberdeen, I’m sure some of your favourite plants could be incorporated into the new garden. The first should be this quince – what a gem! Lovely colour and habit.

  7. Hi Alastair, it’s lovely to catch up with you in your new transplanted location, and to find out what you are doing with your new garden. I’ve always wanted one of those quince bushes (the ch. word is too hard to spell), I also love the soft pinks and whites they come in, but somehow I’ve never managed to fit them into the garden picture.

  8. Hi Alistair. Everything is back to normal now. On the matter of quince, I believe that you can use the fruits of Chaenomeles for preserves but it not of course the true quince which is Cydonia. I did have a Chaenomeles which has unfortunately expired and I now realise after reading your post that I do actually miss it. Don’t know what has got into your Vinca mine is 18″ maximum!

  9. Your garden looks absolutely beautiful. And you are way ahead of us here on the US east coast. Our winter has been very cold, and so budding has slowed. I really like those planters in that front bed, so stylish.

  10. Hello Alistair, you have some lovely plants popping up in your new garden, I remember how exciting it was in my first Spring here, waiting to see what would suddenly make itself known. Wonderful to have snowdrops and native primroses, I too have inherited some of the brightly coloured ones, I aim to rid myself of them gradually, but hope to find them a new home where they will be loved. I am a big fan of chaenomeles, I have a white one on the fence in my front garden, but no flowers as yet, probably too young, or perhaps it is too crowded, not sure. Wonderful to see you beginning to make your mark on your new garden, I hope you both really enjoy planning what to plant there.

  11. Alistair nice to see you have been able to do some gardening, you seem to have had some good weather, I would think you will see quite a lot of difference in flowering times than in Aberdeen as not only are you further south but also on the warmer west side, you have some nice little plants appearing, it will be interesting seeing what the garden holds as the year moves on, Frances

    • Hello Frances,
      I have noticed quite a difference in plant growth for the time of year. Building work looming is really holding us back from getting stuck into the garden. I think we can go ahead and make some changes to the front garden.

  12. Alistair I love the new name of your blog, and wow how wonderful to see such early blooms. I like the new dividing bed as it pulls the border of the garden in. It is fun to see your garden as it wakes and see all your plans.

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