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Mystery plant 09/4


By Bernard

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

This was supposed to be a picture of the plant I sought the identity of on 16 March, but it proved difficult as there were no flowers, so I have waited for the flowers and took a photo with my constant companion looking on. Trouble is the camera seems to have focussed on him rather than the flowers LOL - I hope you can ignore the dog and see enough to see that the flowers are dark orange and five petalled. Actually, I was at a Garden show last week and saw a plant very much like it and that had the name Chaenomeles speciosa Japonica - is that it, do you think?




yes i do, but dont know which vareity it is.

8 Apr, 2009


So do I. If you're lucky it may produce "quince" fruits - but not the kind you can eat.

8 Apr, 2009


Not an answer to the flowers but - what a blast from the past! Your dog looks exactly like "Mike" my childhood companion back when dinosaurs walked the earth! What fun we had together on walks in the local woods, watching out for cowboys from my wigwam on the lawn, playing "seek" with dog biscuits. Oh the memories! Thanks for the picture.

9 Apr, 2009


Yes, looks like Chaenomeles japonica and if you are lucky it will produce fruit which you CAN eat. Had some Marmalade made from it this morning!. The differences between the true Quince( Cydonia) and this one are botanical hair splitting, the fruits are the same. Actually if you do not want to eat the fruits, a ripe one is a wonderful air freshener in the house.

9 Apr, 2009


Thanks very much for the help over the plant identity and to Nariz, with whom I can identify as myself, sister and two cousins spent most of our lives outdoors when i was 9 with their German Shepherd called NIta. Apart from many other games we used to sit at the top of a sandpit cliff, one would go off and hide down in the quarry and the dog would be sent to find the 'victim'. I was totally besotted with the dog and from the first possible opportunity I have had a Shepherd as a constant and faithfull companion. Of course, there has been dreadful grief on occasions, but the years of total devotion and commitment on balance are worth it.

9 Apr, 2009


Yes, Bernard, "Hide and seek" was another game we played in the house on wet days when we couldn't go out. I've had several dogs, but the memories of Mike are the brightest. :o)

10 Apr, 2009


sorry, Owdboggy, I'm sure someone told me the quinces I got weren't edible. Unfortunately (for me) the plant in question died unexpectedly last year, so I won't be getting any more!

15 Apr, 2009

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