Tag Archives: quince

We will prevail….

 

Time for our annual battle with the flowering quince.

My husband hates trimming this bush. Hates it with a passion.

 

IMG_4705

 

The monster is covered in thorns and not easily tamed. Cutting a path through uncharted Amazon rain forest while being chased by pygmies with poisonous darts might actually be preferable.

Every year we do it, and every year he grumbles.

This year he suggested using the chain saw.

But I had visions of this:

 

 

And managed to dissuade him.

I started with the electric hedge trimmer…

 

IMG_4876

 

And managed to cut smaller branches away from the house.

 

IMG_4882

 

Then the husband brought the ladder and the muscle.

Quince bushes are hard wood, and mature ones like ours fight back.

I was tempted to suggest something like this:

 

 

 

But managed to hold my tongue.

While he was angrily hacking away at that, I moved over to the also out of control Burning Bushes.

 

IMG_4873

 

These turn a vibrant red in the fall and are much easier to trim.

But I didn’t get very far because hidden in between them and the boxwood? I found a catbird’s nest.

 

 

oCIBLhs

 

No, not that kind.

 

IMG_4878

 

This kind.

 

IMG_4881

 

And I scared the poor mother right off it.

(Worry not, she’s back.)

 

IMG_4911

 

Avoiding the nest meant the bushes are still large, but at least you can see the windows now. The top half anyway.

As for the quince…

 

IMG_4884

 

My idea of a neatly shaped shrub differs greatly from the husband’s …

But he had a sharp implement in his hands and I figured I shouldn’t push the issue.

 

fat-ass-with-a-machete_o_1134483

 

Yes, dear.

It looks fine.

 

 

When I die….

 

My epitaph shall read:

Here lies River

She was swallowed by a quince bush.

 

 

 

This is the bush from Hell that lives and multiplies like a rabbit on our property.

 

IMG_4700

 

Every fall we wack it down to a manageable level, and every spring it comes back with a vengeance.

 

IMG_4707

 

Yes, the blooms are lovely.

 

IMG_4704

 

And yes, the bumblebees enjoy it.

 

IMG_4703

 

Pardon the bee butt shots. Apparently they’re camera shy.

 

114bou

 

But damn.

It’s only June and the pink spawn of Satan is already reaching the roof line.

 

IMG_4705

 

So if I should disappear this summer?

Grab a machete and come get me….

 

IMG_4706

 

It’s already got three window exits blocked.

 

IMG_4737

 

I fear the doors are next.

 

IMG_4708