Monday, March 26, 2007

The Revenge of the Pyracantha!

See the picture below?

Yep, I planted five of them on the nasty neighbor's side of my front yard. Each plant is said to get 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. Right now, they are only about 5 feet high and a foot and a half wide, so I planted them about four feet apart, just for good measure.

Soon the neighbor guy will be pricked and scratched if he comes too near. Birds will eat the berries and crap on their cars.

Yes, there will soon be a solid wall of privacy. Scratchy, pointy privacy.


Lulu Maude said...

Pyracantha! Even the name implies long, sharp fangs!

Do be careful. Those berries can convert to weaponry fairly easily.

Karen Zipdrive said...

The berries are poisonous. Another perk!

MJ said...

I could have shipped you my 20' old growth row that I ripped out a few years ago. That shit is downright nasty and painful. Let's break it down:

Prya = Fire
Cantha = Thorn

Here's a tip... when you trim (and yes, unfortunately you will need to trim regularly or it will take over agressively) wear long sleeves. I still have scars on my arms.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Fire Thorn??
Can my Big Sis pick 'em or what?
I have a nice trimmer and I plan to keep them at about 6.5' high.
And if some nice new neighbors buy the house from the scrote who owns it, I'll have them ripped out.

BigSis said...

The plant is like a pit bull. In the wrong hands its deadly. But with care and proper pruning (if you get a good neighbor) you can trim each plant into a lovely shape, like a heart. With hundreds of those tiny red apples - great at Xmas.

5 of them too, wow. I couldn't be prouder Zip!

Karen Zipdrive said...

They are loving their new home. Already I see a little new growth and one of them has a zillion little green berries the size of tapioca, just waiting to get big and red for Christmas.
I need advice though. They are staked to some bamboo rods and I am wondering if it was just for transportation purposes or whether I should leave them staked until they bust loose on their own.
Any opinions?

BigSis said...

Yes, just leave them staked for now. They'll know when to bust loose. If you want them to grown in any direction, even in circles, they're very obliging