Hummingbirds *love* quince blossoms. I've got an old quince tree/bush in the herb garden and the hummingbird males literally fight over the surrounding airspace. They'll make dive bombing runs at you too if you get too close at the wrong time. It's remarkable how pugnacious tiny little birds can be.
Our horrible long winter delayed everything so much that I couldn't even look at this thread and all the springtime beauty. There are finally some large green buds on the maple tree outside my home office window (I live on the top storey of a triplex). They seem to grow as I look at them. Of course last year, everything was in leaf by now.
Idem le muguet (lily of the valley). Late, but the shoots are springing up very fast.
Everything will come on very quickly now, lagatta, although I had a shock when I saw photos from Calgary this morning... Le muguet, aahhh. I remember buying a huge bunch from a Roma lady in the Paris metro and keeping it in my hotel room. That, more than anything, relayed the romance of the season (although I was fully aware they were probably snatched from someone's garden!).
Cleaned the leaf covers off the gardens a few days ago to find many of the perennials have sprouted. When visiting my mom and dad last week her front garden was full of tulip leaves, unfortunately the next morning they were all gone, the deer munched on all of them! Thankfully they are not brave enough to try to get around their vehicle in the carport to get to the back yard gardens!
I never would have recognized the hoya buds in the initial photos you posted. The second set I can now see it. That second picture is absolutely stunning in it's crispness and detail. (needs to go into the Image Bank IMHO). I'm still waiting for my 'Missoula'hoya to bud. It may need more light although I have it in the exact same place as the previous hoya which 'bit the dust' due to neglect while I was gone for a long time and my husband "didn't see it".
It was the initial photos that made me understand why all the sources say not to remove the spent hoya blossoms, as the next crop will grow from those stubs. Because they're magnified in the pic, I can see where there is evidence of previous activity, for want of a better word -- sort of like the rings within a tree.
I have the hoya in these pictures, which may or may not be H. lanceolata. Also have two H. carnosa, but the smooth-leaved variety. My plant guy is on the lookout for the curly-leaved one, which I love. He has H. kerrii, which I find enormously tempting, but it's a rampant grower & I have no space for it.
Oh, I know Bixa, but, bless his heart, I was gone for seven weeks and it was so forgivable given all the tasks he was he was saddled with. And, as a plus, the one I have now, as a replacement, came via Missoula, Montana, from a veteran poster of APIAS. It's H. Carnosa and healthy albeit no blooms yet. So, a silver lining to be sure that came out of it via our on-line community.