Silk Flowers


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!


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9 Responses to Silk Flowers

  1. Holleygarden says:

    How beautiful! You should plant some of this particular quince in your garden, as a reminder of your wedding. I agree it was quite smart of whoever planted the hedge so many years ago.

    • Cathy says:

      Actually we dicovered a scrap of this more common variety growing alongside the other variety we had bought – they are still together in one pot though as I haven’t got round to moving it elsewhere yet!

  2. Pauline says:

    What a marvellous match and good that you could do a bit of botanising in between the voters!

  3. Annette says:

    How delightful, Cathy!!! …and I defintely envy you your quiet moments, haha…lots of mud and chaos here at present as we’ve the builders! They’re lovely but seem absolutely oblivious to my planting 😉 …as yet…

  4. Anna says:

    A perfect match 🙂

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