Monday, January 25, 2010

Japanese Quince

To me, there is no flower that is more quintessentially Chinoiserie or holds the promise of spring quite like Japanese Quince. I have several of these lovely shrubs in my garden. They could not be easier to force indoors-just cut a few branches when the flower buds begin to swell and show color and place them in a vase with fresh water. In my area, this is happening now. I love the dramatic and architectural look of the coral pink flowers against the bare branches. These two lovely images are courtesy of Style Court.

Japanese Quince is perfect in blue and white Chinese porcelain. Check out this wonderful Twenty-Two Piece Blue & White Porcelain Canton Collection at The Well Appointed House.

Or perhaps a painting of Japanese Quince like this one from Olga Plam.

James Waterman-acrylic on board.

One of my favorite wallpapers-Flowering Quince by Clarence House.


  1. This makes me long for spring! lovely!

  2. We filled Chinese jars in our drawing room with quince branches for a party, photos of which I featured on blog. It was breathtaking (ohotos don't do it justice). One of the wonderful thing about quince is that the flowering branches will last several weeks if the room in which they are kept isn't too warm.

  3. I totally agree about the quince. They are meant to be displayed in wonderful asian porcelain. The painting by Olga is quite nice ;)

  4. Kit-Things that bloom this time of year are wonderful.

  5. Reggie-I found your photos on your blog-beautiful.

  6. Theresa-The coral pink is perfect with Chinese porcelain.