In My Garden: Pyracantha

24 09 2009

I have two pyracanthas growing next to the garage. I have them trimmed and shaped in an espalier. I’m surprised. It’s been pretty easy to do. I snip off any branches that attempt to grow perpendicular to the trunk or horizontal branch. No wires or support of any kind. The main trunk supports it all.  The shrubs get full afternoon North Carolina sun and they love it.  I give them one fertilizer stake each year in February.

The pyracantha is a beautiful shrub. It’s covered in white flowers during the Spring then red-orange berries in the fall.  This would be a beautiful specimen if allowed to grow freely without any trimming.

I almost forgot. The shrub is covered in long thorns. They look like sewing machine needles; really thick and long. I was trimming the bush one day when I stepped off the step ladder onto one of the cuttings. The thorn went through my Crocs and into my heel.  Ouch doesn’t begin to describe it.



In My Garden: From the NC Botanical Garden

21 09 2009

Last year, I bought two plants from the NC Botanical Garden: A Beautyberry and a Muhly Grass. They were small plants probably 1 qt in size.

The Beautyberry has been a slow grower. It didn’t berry at all last summer but that’s not the case this year. This year it’s loaded with berries. I can see the purple color from across the yard.



The Muhly Grass has two personalities. There’s the smoky, blurry look like that in the photo below. But nothing beats the Muhly in the morning when there’s a light dew covering the feathery fronds. It’s stunning! I’ve tried to get a picture of the dew but the photo never does it justice.


Both enjoy the full NC summer sun and 90 degree temps. I highly recommend them to any Southern gardner.

Sea Level Rise

6 09 2009

Here’s an interesting Google Map mashup.  It visually displays the impact a sea level rise might have on a particular location. You can change the amount of sea level rise using the drop down box in the upper left corner.

Here’s a sea rise map for the area I live in:

Sea Rise Map – Jacksonville, NC

According Wikipedia, the Internet brain trust, scientists estimate a 1.3 meter rise over the next 100 years.

Check out these other areas of the world. They’re already at or below sea level today:



Florida Keys