We spent a couple of hours at my parents house today and how beautiful their property looks this time of year. Everything is so lush and colourful right now, as you can see from the photo above.
This quince bush with its distinctly orange-coral blooms is at its flowery best right now. And like the cherry bush, whose blossoms are long gone, the pollinators love this flower.
Not to be outshone by the others, this ancient Yellow Transparent apple tree (below) was in full bloom as well. It was heavy with bees. My Dad figures the tree is over 100 years old, and though some of its arthritic branches show signs of age, it still manages to produce buckets of apples every year which, if caught early enough, make a delicious apple sauce. The Yellow Transparent is an early apple variety, ready to eat in August — which would explain why this pretty tree was always referred to as “the August apple tree”.
Finally, we brought a New Guinea Impatiens with us to hang by my parents’ back door, a belated Mother’s Day gift. That particular side of the house gets almost all shade, so hopefully it does well.
Though our visit was short by necessity, I managed to get a bit of sunburn while helping Charlie replace the screen in a patio door, and inhaled enough of this gorgeous spring colour to lift the spirits. I purchased some of the plants I’ll be using in my containers this weekend, but I’ll save those for another post. It was unseasonably warm today, but mighty nice for May!