Pyracantha

I had a love/hate relationship with a pyracantha that I used to have in my garden.  The berries are beautiful but the thorns are deadly!

These days I just enjoy the shrubs in the gardens of my neighbors.  There is one in Belhaven that is spectacular and I can’t help but take pictures of it year after year.  Yesterday was a blue sky day and Cammie and I enjoyed walking in the neighborhood and admiring the pyracantha…

pyracantha

pyracantha

if you get pricked with one of the thorns it burns like fire –

thus the nickname for this plant –

firethorn…

pyracantha

my idea here OPP was to train the pyracantha as an espalier…

pyracantha

image via chewvalleytrees.uk.com

if I had seen this at the time I probably would have gone this route…

pyracantha

image via dreamstime.com

the down low on the demise of the pyracantha in my garden has to do with this cute little guy…

pyracantha

image via lewiskemper.com

the innocent looking cedar waxwing

Let me tell you that just as the berries were putting on their best show these pretty little birds would show up in full force for a feeding.  Really,  hundreds of them would descend on the shrub until it was wiped clean of every berry.  Have you seen the movie The Birds?  It felt like a scene straight from the movie when the birds fell upon the pyracantha.   Not only that but then all of ornamental berries that I had waited for and wanted to brighten the winter garden were gone in a flash.  It was good for the birds but not so much for me and so I bid my pyracantha a fond farewell.

don’t try this with a firethorn…

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  1. The last pic reminds me of my departed Gypsy. If there are thorns in my yard Chowdah will get in the middle of them! Pyracantha sure is pretty. Don’t think I’ve ever had one tho. Have a great weekend!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Oh I remember your sweet Gypsy from photographs and it sure does remind me of her too! Hope the snow is melting!

  2. Dow agrees with you- he hates the one trained on the back wall of our house! His constant suggestion is to, “cut it down, poison the roots, and burn it up!” I’m standing firm to keep it because of the winter berries. So far the birds haven’t found it. They get the berries on the possum haw in the front yard. It is sure beautiful though!