A day of catching up today, after long hours spent out of circulation at a polling station yesterday. Although I have officiated at this particular polling station several times recently, this is the first time I have been aware of this ornamental quince, Chaenomeles japonica – I couldn’t fail to see it this time as it formed a dense hedge, smothered in flowers in this distinctive shade of red. What pleased me all the more was the fact that the school is located on a street called ‘Quince’ and the original school on the site had itself once been known as ‘Quince’. I silently congratulated the official who had the foresight thirty years ago to plant the first tiny sprigs of its namesake.
Having plucked a spray of flowers to inspect at closer quarters in a quiet moment during the day (of which there were many), I was struck by how silk-like the texture of the petals were, and the colour seemed to remind me of something…. It was much later that I realised it was reminiscent of both the colour and texture of my wedding dress, so this afternoon I dug out a scrap of fabric from the loft (not torn from my dress, I hasten to add!) and yes, a perfect match!