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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A gift for you

The World Outside

I am fortunate to have a big window that overlooks my front yard and the street beyond. I've seen all kinds of things out there. Interesting people walk by. A variety of cars and trucks--some speeders. Car crashes. Cops stopping speeders. The greening of my yard. The yard men mowing. The live oak trees leafing. Flitting cardinals. Scavenging squirrels.

My flowering quince blooming in February:

So what exactly is this stunning plant? Here's some information from eHow:

In the deep South, quince may bloom as early as January. It is a member of the rose family, and the odd fruit bears a sweet, apple-rose flavor. Flowers emerge before the leaves and hold their bloom until the leaves are completely expanded.

Most of the year, this shrub is a mass of tangled, thorny branches with mundane foliage. But in spring, the beast becomes a beauty with showy single or double blossoms. In October we are rewarded with apple-like fruit that makes a great marmalade or jelly.

As I drove around my neighborhood, I found the trees and flowers emerging everywhere I went. So I created this for you:

Anything special outside your window?

Vicki Batman adores watching the transformation from winter to spring. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com Or at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com. Man Theory and Other Stories is available thru Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.


One Minnesota Writer said...

Wow, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Outside my window, I can see the neighbor's spruce trees. But what strikes me most as spring unfolds early here in Minnesota, is the sound of the birds. They are singing their hearts out this morning.

Vicki Batman, said...

Good morning, Minnesota Writer! A variety of birds like to hop in and out of my quince. The bees were buzzing, but with the leaves taking over for the flowers, they are disappearing. Sometimes, I get a lizard running the length of the iron railing next to it.

When I wake up, I like to lie in bed and listen to birds chirp. Thank you so much for posting.

Catherine Lee said...

Your quince is beautiful! I have lovely Bradford pears outside my window. I love living in the South!

Vicki Batman, said...

Hi, Catherine! I love watching my quince every season. Living in the South has the early spring benefit. I love it too! Happy day!

Janice Seagraves said...

How pretty. I've never seen a quince bush before.


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