Monday, January 12, 2009

An old Bowral garden - blossom, twigs and birds


Japanese flowering Quince - Along an old country road in Bowral, near where I live is a very large private garden filled with wonderful old trees. Each year this bush of red flowers blossoms. Chaenomeles japonica otherwise know as Japanese flowering Quince. The twigs and branches lean over the lake and reflect in the water. It is the most amazing site. Of course I had to make a detour to this garden to capture this beautiful site. The bird life was fantastic swooping around the japonica and in every tree and the bees, well the bees,, I did get a bit worried the closer I got. I also don't think there is very much pruning happening in this garden as each year this bush just gets bigger and bigger. Wait till I show you their old Oak Trees.






I did have a Japonica in my little garden and each year I would cut the twigs and have them in the house for weeks as the new blossoms would come out. Unfortunately we had this bush dug out last year as we were building a new fence and it was growing wildly into our neighbours garden. As beautiful as it is in blossom it is also incredibly thorny. It had to go.......


Images - Coty Farquhar

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful pictures, I love the red flowers of the Chaenomeles. I have one in my own garden
    We visit often in spring a park in The Hague. There is a beautiful Japanese garden with lot of azalea's and in the park so many rodondendrons.
    greetings from Holland

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  2. Dear Coty......what beautiful flowers!! I think we have these here in Texas. I am still learning the trees, bushes and flowers of Texas....but I believe that I saw these Japanese Quince bushes here. The only thing is that I thought the flowers were short lived...is that the case with yours in Australia?

    ~Cheryl

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  3. I think these pictures are fantastic...the flowers are very beautiful...
    Hello from Italy!
    Cinzia

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  4. Just stunning Coty...you truly do live in a special part of Australia, Mel xxx

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