I would have to say that one of the best things about living in an old house and garden that had been neglected, is watching its reemergence back into a thriving state. This morning I opened my bedroom curtains and looked into the far corner of the rose garden and saw a burst of red flowers. Lo and behold if we don't have a flowering quince! It is in quite a scraggly state and needs much pruning but the flowering branches are beautiful. Nature is magnificent.