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awomanonabike

When I'm not on my bike, you'll find me in my organic-ish garden in #Cumbria. Favourite plants? Wisteria, hellebores, peonies, philadelphus...

Chaenomeles japonica

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awomanonabike

Just in case anyone was worried that I had overdone it on the pruning front…all is well 🌺 #chaenomeles-japonica

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racha

soo beautiful

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awomanonabike

Thank you 😊 @racha

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loveofplants

Looks lovely

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awomanonabike

Thanks Claire. It certainly looks very happy 😃 @loveofplants

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joannie.a

Looking good

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awomanonabike

Thanks Joan 😊 @joannie.a

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awomanonabike

Well that’s a distinct improvement 💪😂 #chaenomeles #chaenomeles-japonica #flowering-quince

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pelly

Mine is only a baby, I didn't think they got that big 😱

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awomanonabike

🤣🤣🤣 I’m wondering if I forgot to prune it last year 🤔 This one seems to be particularly vigorous for some reason! @pelly

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pelly

You need to go back to drinking wine whilst you're pruning 😂😂😂

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awomanonabike

I didn’t even have a cup of tea Jane! I was on a mission - I did the clematis montana too 😳💪💪 @pelly

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pelly

Wow, you really were on a mission 👍💪

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lesliecole49

Is there anything left of it!?

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thehardygardener

Double tea

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awomanonabike

😂 Yes, don’t worry. I’ve just pruned it back to the main stems plus 2-3 leaves. It will be fine… 🤞 @lesliecole49

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awomanonabike

I deserved a good Italian red after that Aly! 😉🍷 @thehardygardener

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awomanonabike

At first I thought it was unhappy by being taken over by Crocosmia but now it is obvious that something has gnawed away at the bark 😢 There are some new shoots so I’m sure it will recover but it will be a few years before I’m able to make quince gin again...

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sharonhayden

Oh no that’s a shame

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  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2019
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awomanonabike

13 Feb 2019 • More signs of #spring So many flower buds on this ❤️🌺❤️

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Wow mine isn’t that far on yet...I keep cutting it back I wonder if I shouldn’t 🤔❤️

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awomanonabike

I cut mine back every year Elaine, in early summer. When do you do yours? @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

@awomanonabike usually after it’s flowered Jacqueline because it’s very untidy, so that’ll be the wrong time..

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awomanonabike

No that’s what I do...I’m just usually a bit late 😉😂 @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

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awomanonabike

29 Dec 18 • To say I’m disappointed in my “quince” harvest would be a bit of an understatement...

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awomanonabike

😱 😱 They are completely inedible raw aren’t they, but cooked or put in gin and they are all floral gorgeousness 😃

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awomanonabike

What have you done with them? Scroll left and you’ll find the recipe for quince gin 🍸🍸 @scaryskates

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awomanonabike

That’s enough for a (small) bottle of gin. It really is lovely and looks wonderful too, if you make it in a jar and cut the quince crossways 👍 @scaryskates

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clipperty

Tis a tad underwhelming 😆 x x

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carolecuttingitfine

I made quince jam which is delicious with cheese @awomanonabike and @scaryskates - gutted I didn't know about the quince gin!

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rachelbrooks

Well that’s one more than me! 😂 although I did try, several times, to destroy my quince bush. I still have a jar of jam from last year though (or was it the year before 🤔)

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awomanonabike

Just a bit Claudia 🤣 I can only assume it was the very dry summer, as I usually get loads 🤔😕 @clipperty

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awomanonabike

I’ve made quince cheese Carole, which is very similar and delicious, but the gin is 👌 @carolecuttingitfine @scaryskates

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awomanonabike

🤣🤣 ...but I haven’t any gin as I gave it all away @rachelbrooks

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carolecuttingitfine

Definitely doing that next year! As like @rachelbrooks I suspect the jam will last forever!? 😂

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rachelbrooks

Oh yes I remember you did Jacq! 🙈 well I’ve used one jar Carole, I use it most as a glaze for meat or I put it in the gravy sometimes...I don’t think gin would last this long! 😂 @carolecuttingitfine

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awomanonabike

28 Apr 2018 • One of my favourite shrubs. It needs a bit of taming but is great for holding up crocosmia later in the season...and then there’s the gin 😬

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midnightgardener

One word to describe this, wow!!!!❤❤❤❤

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awomanonabike

Thank you 😊 They’re a gorgeous flower aren’t they. I think they get less attention than they might because they’re so common 🤔 @midnightgardener

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greenfinger14

Gorgeous 😍

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awomanonabike

Thank you Melanie 😊 @greenfinger14

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awomanonabike

4 January 2018 •One more find 🧐 With another two half rotten ones, enough to make 50ml gin for next Christmas 😂😂

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awomanonabike

4 Jan 18

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pelly

On rations at your house I see 😂😂

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awomanonabike

😂😂 It was so good Jane but I gave it all away. This year I used them all to make quince cheese, then found these yesterday when tidying in the garden. It takes a year before it’s ready to drink... 🥃🎄 @pelly

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pelly

So let me see.....I need to be there on the 4th January next year. Chin chin 🍷🍷

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awomanonabike

😂 See you then. Chin chin 🍷🍷 @pelly

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awomanonabike

If you remember me making quince liqueur a year ago, here it is - & it’s delicious. Only downside is I seem to have given it all away, except about 100ml which I’ve just shared out 😂

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clipperty

I could do with a few sips of that to warm me up! Soooo cold xx

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rachelbrooks

I do! Even saved it in my favourites and then cut my quince down! 🙈 enjoy your snifter..! 😂

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awomanonabike

Here you go Claudia 🍸 @clipperty

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awomanonabike

Oh sorry Rachel! I remember now you mention it 🌺😢🍸 @rachelbrooks

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charlotte

I will take a wee dram with you

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awomanonabike

Cheers Charlotte! 🥃 @charlotte

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pauline33

Cheers Jacqueline sounds delicious 🥃😋

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awomanonabike

Cheers Pauline 🍸 Hic! 😉😂 @pauline33

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pelly

Chin chin 🍷🍷

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awomanonabike

Just found this little lot in amongst the leaves. I might try quince cheese again. I’m sure I read that Night Slater uses it when he is roasting a ham...

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columbiariver

I didn't realize they are this fruitful. Are they sweet?

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awomanonabike

These are from a very old bush, which might explain the quantity. No they aren’t sweet. In fact they are rock hard and inedible until cooked, but the perfume when you cook them is worth it! It is fabulous. @columbiariver

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columbiariver

Good to use them up then. I bet you find something wonderful to do with them

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awomanonabike

It’s worth cooking them even if I don’t - the smell is soooo good 😊 @columbiariver

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awomanonabike

They're almost as big as apples. I might try quince cheese again, though I'll try not to cook it as long this time 🤔

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pelly

Oh, lovely with a chunk of Manchego 🧀🧀🧀

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awomanonabike

It would have been if I hadn't managed to caramelise it! @pelly

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pelly

Whoops 😂😂😂

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rachelbrooks

What is quince cheese? 🤔 Mine ripened really early this year - mostly while we were away so I haven’t done anything with them 😏 although I still have a jar of jelly in the fridge from last year! I will be digging mine out soon, so I’ve missed my last chance!

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awomanonabike

Oh no! Why? I love my flowering quince - I have three! Quince cheese is very similar to quince jelly, just a bit thicker and you can slice it. It's served with cheese. The Spanish call is membrillo and serve it with manchego 🧀 @rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

It sounds like my jelly is more cheese like...😬you can definitely put a knife through it! And my quince is in the raised border in my front garden, it’s in the middle of my lavender hedge and I will be redoing the border soon and it’s just in the way. (I also spike myself on it quite a lot getting in and out of the car!) I will miss the gorgeous coral flowers when everything else is bare! 😏

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awomanonabike

Sounds lovely...Fair enough. I'll let you off 😉 Do you not have a dark wall that needs a quince?! One of mine is in virtually full shade and still flowers and fruits 😃 @rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Not really...😏

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awomanonabike

🤔 @rachelbrooks

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awomanonabike

I feel some gin coming on...but haven't tasted last year's yet...

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brightcolours

#chaenomeles #japanesequince

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dinyar

Oh wow! I see that you have a gorgeous Olive jar. Where did you find it? I have been looking for a large Olive jar. When i do find one they are unaffordably expensive.

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awomanonabike

Hi Dinyar, I'm really sorry but I can't remember (I think it was a present). I've had it for years. I've never put a plant in it as I would never get it out again, but I love the shape of it and I use it to put sticks and canes in. Good luck in your hunt! @dinyar

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dinyar

Keep it safe from any damage. I would not suggest putting any plant. It look beautiful just the way it is. Just for your info they can be anywhere from $800 to $5000 and even more depending on size, age, origin,etc. You are very lucky. Enjoy it and try to show off by making it more visible.

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awomanonabike

I will look after it but I am absolutely certain it won't have cost anywhere near that much. More like £50 or £60 😊 @dinyar

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awomanonabike

Been bottling up my Japanese Quince Eau de Vie. Needs to mature for another 6 months... then 🥂

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columbiariver

It's very pretty! Looks delicious

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awomanonabike

Well I might have had a little taste - just to check - and it is pretty delicious! 😊 @columbiariver

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rachelbrooks

Ooh! That looks interesting...what did you do? 🤔 may have to try this this year instead, the jelly went down like a lead balloon! 😬

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awomanonabike

@rachelbrooks You slice the quince very thinly then just leave for 6 months in sugar & gin (or in my case eau de vie as I had a bottle I'd bought cheaply in France last year). I can't remember the quantities but will check in the morning. I think Jane @pelly made some too 😊

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pelly

Not me Jaqueline, but I vaguely remember seeing something on here @rachelbrooks 😊😊😊

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awomanonabike

Oops, sorry Jane I'll have to go back & cheek who it was... When I first posted about this in a "garden" photo, you said you were going to try it too... Glad it's not just me who does things like that 😂😂😂 @pelly

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awomanonabike

Rachel if you (or anyone else) fancies trying this, here's the recipe: 500g Japanese quince, 350g sugar, 1 litre eau de vie. Slice quince thinly & add to jar with sugar & spirit. Shake daily until sugar has all dissolved. Strain & bottle after 6 months. Leave another 6 months before drinking 🥂 @rachelbrooks @pelly

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rachelbrooks

Ooh thank you, I will give it a go in the Autumn 👍🏼👍🏼😘

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awomanonabike

Excellent! Whatever else, it looks lovely as it steeps 😊 @rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Yes, it looks a beautiful colour 👌🏼

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awomanonabike

I love the patterns in the slices too. OH says it tastes "interesting". Actually he really liked it! 😊 @rachelbrooks

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awomanonabike

An unexpected snow fall this morning...

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awomanonabike

Just a light dusting Rachel. @rachelbrooks #buds

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pelly

Morning Jaqueline. No snow here thankfully as it's greenhouse mending day. 😂😂

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awomanonabike

I'm heading out to our greenhouse too. Still haven't put the vine back up after it was brought down by the weight of the grapes in the summer #badgardener 😂 Hopefully yours will be even better than it was before Doris got her hold on it! 👍🏻

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justin

Very pretty pic 👍🏼

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awomanonabike

Thank you Justin. Snow may be a pain but it does make everything look very pretty ❄️🌺❄️ @justin

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rachelbrooks

Ah it looks ever so pretty though ❄️♥️❄️

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riakat

Beautiful picture 😍 another thing GT has done is get me to slow down and look for all the smaller beauty opportunities in the garden! 😊

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gjones

Lovely photo with the touch of snow!

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juliesgarden

Gorgeous ❤️

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awomanonabike

It does, doesn't it Rachel @rachelbrooks

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awomanonabike

Thank you Elisa and I completely agree with you 😊🌿❤️😊@riakat

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