First Flowers

I am always delighted with the first flowers of spring.

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I must touch them and talk to them.

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Thanking them for surviving and showing up again.

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Happy to see their colorful faces.

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No matter how small,

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I love them all.

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My Only Quince

I have a shrub circle down the hill from the house.

The shrubs are planted around a huge oak tree.

I have included one special specimen of each of my favorite types of shrubs.

I planned each to bloom in its own time.

The first to bloom is my one and only Quince.

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It is the Quince of dreams.

Chaenomeles ‘ Double Take, Orange Storm’.

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I found it while plant shopping with my sister.

It was in a too small pot full of weeds.  I had to rescue it.

I told the worker that I was reporting them for abuse and neglect.

He gave me a discount.

My ‘Orange Storm’ has recovered nicely.

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Stay tuned for more from the shrub circle.

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