Thursday, May 5, 2011

Flowering Quince

This flowering quince by my doorstep is in full bloom. After reviewing the past few days of photos I began to notice the way the petals attach. Here are a few different angles that hopefully show the unusual habit of these petals. Click each image for extended detail.

I thought I had discovered a new patch of fetterbush but it looks like early blueberry blossoms.


  1. I had to look up fetterbush- yet another new one to me- looks like blueberries on steroids! The leatherleaf's flowers are lined up perfectly in a single row. It will be interesting to see the fruit of this plant as my field guide describes it only as a "globular capsule". All three (fetterbush, leatherleaf and blueberries) are members of the heath family which also includes mayflowers/trailing arbutus which I have blossoming along the wooded shore back at the lake house right now. ( my mayflowers have always blossomed in April- shows you how odd a spring it has been around these parts).
    hope your book arrived today!
    ~ gretchen

  2. What an awesome book! I have only had a bit of time top skim through but already I can see a wealth of information. What a tremendous amount of work there.

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful find!