Spring in East Tennessee

Robert Lauf via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sun, 13 Mar 2022 13:54:05 PDT
 No idea.  It is a huge overgrown bush with nasty spines and brilliant red-orange blooms.  It blooms early, easily fooled by warm weather in Feb, and then gets hit with a late freeze leaving black wads where the flowers had been.  It also occasionally bears some sort of fruit, which is normally consumed by some kind of fungus before it ever gets ripe.
Reminds me of a "Manchurian bush apricot" some sleazy mail order nursery sold me about 40 years ago.  Every year I had to lop ten feet off the top of the so-called bush and it always bloomed early and got frosted so there was never any fruit.  If there ever had been, it probably would have gotten fungus like apricots and peaches tend to do here.  The problem of being fooled into blooming early is why fruit trees aren't a big cash crop around here.  I've wondered if one could buy bags of ice and dump around the roots every few days to keep the trees dormant later into spring, but the ice bill would far exceed the value of any fruit.
The low last night turned out to be 18, so I'm sure my hasty replacement of straw over pots of things was ample protection.  The trays of Sarracenias will spend another night in the greenhouse as a precaution, but temps will be back in the high 60s later in the week.
    On Sunday, March 13, 2022, 03:30:37 PM EDT, Arnold Trachtenberg via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:  
 Hi Robert:
Is it Chinese or Japanese Quince.
I have each and they are just having the buds swell a bit.

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