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Pyracantha in summer 2017 12 June 2017

In 2013 we planted a pyracantha at the front of the house. Last year it didn't do much. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

This time it's blooming well again. Maybe it's an "every two years" sort of bush?

It makes a pleasantly spiky companion to the gorse that's also at the front of the house. (Several people I don't like are allergic to gorse.)

(I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, and the blossom has now all goneā€¦)

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  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 07:27pm on 12 June 2017

    It will take over your front garden eventually, they always do. The pyracantha I planted in 1988 now covers the entire garden fence and has to be pruned hard every year or it takes over. And it's a vicious bugger, it always draws blood from me while pruning it and sometimes I get allergic reactions to the irritants in the thorns.

    I'd get rid of my pyracantha but for one thing: none of the local cats will go anywhere near it. This gives birds a safe place to perch and fly back and forth to my feeders. For that the pyracantha earns its spiky place in my garden, I hate the local cats and them crapping in my garden and attacking birds.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 07:29pm on 12 June 2017

    It has not spread noticeably since it was planted, just got taller and bushier.

    The gorse is spreading at last, hurrah, and they can fight it out. We like spiky plants.

  3. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:40pm on 13 June 2017

    My pyracantha puts up new shoots in the garden from its roots. One place got so bad instead of just pruning them off at ground level I had to dig up a chunk of root and prune that off. The plant didn't appear to notice. It's now putting up shoots in next door's totally abandoned wilderness of a garden. I prune them off, otherwise it will become impossible to get to my fence to maintain it.

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