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My Garden Notebook: October to December

Articles: My Garden Notebook: October to December

Our diarist concludes a year’s worth of excerpts from her garden notebook with observations on the waning months.
Last October I came home from a trip and noticed a large golden fruit hanging on my Bartlett pear tree. Several years ago, the original tree began to be crowded with new shoots growing directly from the roots; I knew I should cut them out but did not, because the tree was never robust, and the new growth was healthy and good looking. I called the nursery it came from and asked if the pear might have been grafted onto quince stock, and they told me (reluctantly; perhaps they thought I’d be unhappy) that it was. So, for a good long time, I have been nourishing a quince without knowing it; judging by the number of lovely, large pink blossoms on it in May, it should have a crop in another month that will be worth doing something with. It will also be a fine inspiration for the tree I acquired from the Men’s Garden Club’s sale, a fifty-cent bargain of a few years ago, which has yet to flower. I love quince in all its forms: quince jelly, stewed quince, and membrillo, that beautiful confection in which reduction through long cooking intensifies the flavor and which ...


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