Monday, February 13, 2012
A White Winter Flowering Quince and Whitney
I spoke of my three quince shrubs in Friday's post but only posted pictures of the two red quince. I thought today's post would spotlight a white quince. Once upon a time I didn't even know what a quince was let alone that they come in a variety of colors including white. Then one year while visiting the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show I found a vendor who had several pots of white flowering quince called 'Jet Trail' (Chaenomeles speciosa 'Jet Trail'). Quince blooms right around the time of the Lawn and Garden Show so this small shrub that was in full bloom was a big hit with customers--including me. Jet Trail has now graced my garden for about four years and is doing well.
I find that this quince is a much smaller quince than the two red flowering quince I showed you on Friday. Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants says Jet Trail is a sport of 'Texas Scarlet' (a cultivar I also grow) and that Jet Trail grows to three feet and is a spreading shrub. I have my Jet Trail planted along a rear boundary fence and I'll attest to its small but spreading stature. The location I grow my Jet Trail in is an area under trees but the shrub does get afternoon sun--perhaps 3-6 hours a day. The soil is very poor and the conditions rather dry. I have not had to prune or water Jet Trail at all. It is a nice addition to my rather wild garden and is located in an out of the way area so I am not bothered by its thorns. I always think that no matter how pretty quince are in the spring the thorns are a major drawback for me. Do you all feel that way too? Someday I'll probably remove my quince due to all the thorns. The roses might also go away if they keep clawing me when I give them their annual haircut--which is right now. Nonetheless I keep this white flowering quince....
in the garden....
Those of you who are of a certain age (over 30 or so) will remember Whitney Houston. The world lost her this weekend all too soon. She was only 48 when she passed. Her voice was, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest of all time and her songs and movies, especially The Bodyguard, will forever be remembered as will she. Here is one of my ALL TIME favorite songs. Enjoy.
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