Flowering Quince, an ornamental bush that is highly regarded in Japan, is now in full bloom here. This bush (Chaenomeles), with its unusual apricot-pink Quince flowers, is not to be confused with the Quince Tree (Cydonia oblonga), which bears edible, pear-like fruit.

Flowering Quince is among our first Spring bloomers, providing much-needed sustenance to the early bees and other early nectar-eating pollinators. (Brooklin, Maine)