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RE: checking in / happy fall!

1868?!! Auralie, sit down and take it easy woman, you have been
gardening for a heck of a long time! :-)
I don't think I've ever seen a quince. But there is someone in my
neighborhood who grows persimmons, I've often thought about asking them
if I could have some fruit in exchange for jam or something.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2007 3:19 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] checking in / happy fall!

These aren't the "eating kind" of quinces, Jim.  They are small -
golf ball-to-tennis ball size, hard and very sour, but they make
beautiful jelly.  I grew this bush from a fruit I put in my pocket
in the Golden Gate Botanical Garden in San Francisco in
1868.  The blossoms are deep orange - much brighter than
the usual ornamental varieties.  This spring a landscaper saw
it in bloom and got very excited - it was just the color she was
looking for.  She managed to dig out part of the root, and the
shrub has looked better for it this summer. She didn't offer to
pay me for it, but had her crew  do some extra work, which I
guess was fair.

In a message dated 10/02/2007 10:35:31 AM Eastern Standard Time,
islandjim1@verizon.net writes:

Oh boy, quinces! Yum. While cleaning out a shelf in the garage
yesterday, I uncovered our apple-baking dishes--those little ceramic
[terra cotta, in this case] baking dishes with an impaler on which to
center the cored fruit. We haven't used them in years, but the last
time we did, we used them to bake quinces. A little brown sugar; a
little cinnamon or clove, or both. Hmmm... wonder if there are quinces
in our markets this week.

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