‘They dined on mince and slices of quince which they ate with a runcible spoon’.
‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’. Edward Lear.
My three year-old Quince tree, Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja’ produced two beautiful quinces this year. I have them on a dish and they make the room smell delicious with their fragrance. I thought I would use the biggest as an accessory for a contribution to the ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme hosted by Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden. I haven’t joined in as much as I would like with this popular meme because I am always reluctant to spoil my display in the garden. But now the weather has turned wet and cool I thought I could spare a few blooms and enjoy them in the house.
I used a white rose which I think is probably a hybrid musk called ‘Moonlight. It is blooming well at the moment.
I picked a spray of my pure white Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’.
A flower or two of the lovely Cosmos ‘Purity’ which blooms for weeks as long as you remember to dead head.
Solanum jasminoides always goes on blooming until the frosts.
Gaura lindheimeri is another dainty flower which blooms on and on. It is so easy from cuttings that I have it everywhere.
Aster, sorry Symphiotrichum pilosum var. pringlei ‘Monte Cassino’, (oh dear what a mouthful), is just coming into bloom and I used a spray of it. I think I should have been a bit more generous and picked several sprays.
Last week Cathy used some Mile-a -Minute Vine, Fallopia baldschuanica in her arrangement and I thought it looked lovely. I hasten to add that I have never planted this invasive plant and I strongly suggest that you don’t either. It keeps creeping over from my neighbour’s garden and whenever I see it I rip it out in fury. But this time I saved a bit to pick.
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’.
Perennial Helianthus, I’m not sure which one but it is very invasive.
Corydalis lutea which seeds around with great enthusiasm, but I always leave a little. It is blooming away now as well as it did earlier in the year.
I used some of the yellow foliage of Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’.
Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’.
Now for the quince. I don’t like mince and I don’t have a runcible spoon. By the way, what is a runcible spoon? But I love Membrillo which is made out of quinces. If you can get hold of some quinces do try it, it is delicious. It is a Spanish recipe and it goes very well with the Spanish cheese, Manchego.
Recipe for Membrillo.
1.8kg/4lbs quinces, peeled, cored chopped. Vanilla pod. (optional) Caster sugar. Water.
Put the quinces into water and add enough water to cover them. Put in the vanilla pod. (Some recipes suggest lemon.) Put a lid on the pan and boil for 35 -40 minutes until the fruit is soft. Drain the fruit and then weigh it. Put it through the food processor. You then add an amount of sugar equal to the weight of the fruit. I know it is rather a lot. Return it to the pan with the sugar and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook over a very low heat until it is deep amber orange and has thickened.
Turn on the oven to a very low heat, 120 f. Grease a shallow baking tin and line it with greaseproof paper and smooth the paste into it. Leave it in the oven for an hour and it will come out set.
It is delicious with cheese but I also like it on toast.
Thank you very much Cathy for hosting this popular meme. Next year I hope to get myself organised with a cutting garden so that I can join in more often.