What on earth is that plant?
I was totally stumped! Every spring and summer I look around my place and check out what’s growing and blooming. This year I noticed this plant I don’t remember seeing before—maybe this is the first year it’s bloomed.
The blooms were just gorgeous, blooming along the limbs of a compact bush, only about three feet high and wide, but I could not figure out what on earth it was. I took a photo and showed it to a lot of people and shared on Facebook.
There were a lot of guesses from Facebook friends about what kind of plant it might be. Several people wondered if it was, perhaps, some type of quince, but the only kind of flowering quince I know is the old-fashioned one that has kind of spindly limbs with thorns and a small red flower.
Surely, I thought, there must be a plant identifier app for finding out! So I checked the App Store and found Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier. You can email a photo of a plant and they will tell you what it is! Best of all, it’s free )))
So I downloaded the free app (rated 4.5 stars) and sent off my photo and query. I was less than four hours later when I got the reply telling me my plant was Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles). They told me it comes in all kinds of beautiful colors, not just red.
A couple of weeks later I sent them an iPhone photo of some oak leaves, and asked what kind of oak it was. Within hours they told me I had a chinquapin oak. So I’m definitely going to keep using the Garden Compass app to identify plants (and plant diseases or bugs) I come across.