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Farewell Quince, Cydonia oblonga

Posted Dec 01 2010 7:33pm
A garden is all about changes. Some changes are day by day, season by season. Other changes are based on the whims of the gardener.  Years ago I planted Quince in my zone 4 garden.  The quince survived our cold winters and hot dry summers, but the flowers and forming fruit could not stand up to our ice balls that fall from heaven with a force as if tipped over by a huge wheel barrow from the sky. Hail! Last year we had 5 hail storms. The quince had to go! Not that I didn’t try to save it. I once had a bit of an arbor over it. I tried covering the fruit with paper sacks. I have discovered that the quince along with plants with big leaves do not fare well in hail storms. So this is a farewell blog to my quince. Ted says it went the way of our peach tree and apricot tree. The poor peach tree in the August of 2005 hail storm scarcely had a bit on its stems and trunk that weren’t beaten up. That year our town was called an insurance disaster as most roofs were damaged and needed re-roofing. Our home’s roof went from a boring gray to a lovely green. 
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Spring time. The little tree was several years old, but never got very big.

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Such a pretty flower. Quince is susceptible to fire blight. Fire blight makes the stems look dark, like they were in a fire.
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During this summer’s Garden Walk I bagged the little fruit. William Baffin Rose arches over the gate
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This was a strange little worm-like creature. I found it climbing on leaves. If you look closely it has a dark stripe along it’s length. It just sort of curled around. I put it back on a leaf. All things have their purpose. Does anybody know what it is?
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