Quince Blossom

16th November 2017

Quince Blossom - November 2017

It was another bright but frosty day for my photo shoot this weekend, but my choice of photo subjects seemed to be declining rather rapidly as the year progressed.

So, I was quite pleased to see that this Quince (Chaenomeles) bush was in full springtime blossom mode...

Quince Fruit - November 2017

...which was rather strange, as it was also in the middle of producing fruit from last year's blossom!

River Lily Raindrops - November 2017

There were very few flowers now remaining in dad's garden, and even the River Lilies (Hesperantha coccinea), which are usually the last flowers to spring up in the garden, were beginning to flag.

Mahonia Blossom - November 2017

The Mahonia japonica bush, which flowered all the way through Christmas and the New Year last time around was also beginning to gradually fade, but I was hoping it would have a second flush of blossom later in the year.

Blueberry Blossom - November 2017

The Blueberry (Vaccinium) bush was already on it's second flush of blossom, but I didn't expect to see many actual Blueberries while it was so chilly.

Forest Flame Bush Buds - November 2017

The only other flowers I could see arriving in the immediate future were some very early Forest Flame (Pieris) blooms. These shouldn't really be arriving until early in the New Year, but they looked on track to be blooming before Christmas.

Autumnal Acer Colour - November 2017

As reported last week, the Acer palmatum continued its transformation into Autumn colouration...

Hydrangea Bracts - November 2017

...as did the majority of the Lacecap Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) bushes.

Catkins - November 2017

I searched the Twisted Hazel (Corylus avellana Contorta) tree quite thoroughly for Hazelnuts, but it seems that the resident Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) have snaffled them all. However, the catkins were coming along nicely.

Garden Visitor - November 2017

It seems that dad had attracted a new garden visitor recently. This black and white cat was very wary of me as I wandered around his new domain, but I suspected it wouldn't be long before we were the best of friends.

Silver Arowana - November 2017

Finally, this week I'm bringing you a picture of a favourite fish of mine that I saw at a local pet store. It's a juvenile Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum), and looked so damned cute it was really hard to resist wanting to bring him home. However, this adorable little four inch long fish will eventually grow into a three and a half foot long monster, and will eat pretty much any tank mate you try to keep him with! He'd also require a super large aquarium, so it was best that I left him in the shop!

So, this week I went with Quince Blossom as my Image of the Week, simply because I thought it looked quite pretty, especially with the few raindrops clinging to the petals...