In spite of the nasty freeze in mid-March, this has been a slightly early spring, not significantly earlier than several recent springs, and our gardens have done very well. All the Magnolias have looked just great and that's way better than general around here. Just checking the gardening first flowering date log and 79 plants have flowered so far this spring, and we're only half way though April.
Today's FFF is actually pretty common probably because flowering quinces (Chaenomeles speciosa - key-NOM-eh-leez) are easy care and pretty reliable early flowering shrubs. The unique orange-ish flower color makes them stand out. In 2015 TPP put in a new variety called 'Scarlet Storm' that has double (more than 5 petals) and a 'tomato-red' color. It seems to handle mid-day shade quite well. It's slightly later than the standard flowering quinces, but it might be its location on the north side of our house. At 1.5" diam, aren't those grand? Enjoy. Actually the shrub is sort of ungainly and leggy, but after flowering the pruning sheers will begin the process of solving that problem.
23 hours ago in Variety of Life