Quince and Spirea in flower

Flowering quince (Chaenomeles, rosaceae) and white Spirea (rosaceae)

Winterthur, Delaware:  legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American

 

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Flowering quince began to bloom on April 1 this year when the petals of both cherry trees and magnolia were floating to the ground.

 

 

 

 

The blues of Glory-of-the-snow and

Siberian squill have given way to that of

Virginia bluebells

and the lilac/white/mauve of Italian windflowers. 

Trillium also are in their earliest flowering.

 

 

 

 

The first yellows have ceded to modest primrose and swaying bellwort.

 

 

Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

 

 

And colour is infusing little by little into  the soft grays of the winter/spring landscape.

 

 

Among beech and poplar trees,Virginia bluebells covering the ground: a Japanese maple in its Spring colour and a magnolia in flower.

 

 

 

On either side of shallow steps leading to the Sundial Garden

flowering quince bushes bear flowers in shades from white and pale orange to deep red.

 

 

 

 

The flowering quince is set off by white spirea which bloom at the same time.

 

 

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The bushes are like vases filled with flowers 

 

 

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forming arches and oases of light

 

 

 

Dense thickets bear the serious thorns

 

 

 

of some members of their rose family.

 

 

No discernable fragrance.  A mass of  colours in the warming Spring. A happiness.

 

 

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Winterthur Flowering Quince 7 April 2009

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