Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Planting for Wildlife

I recently saw a post on social media from a gardener who was worried about overwintering her Pyracantha cuttings. While many replies were supportive, they were littered with calls for the gardener to destroy her plants. My hackles were raised. Pyracantha is hugely valuable to wildlife. Fancying myself as a knight on a charger, I thundered to fair Pyracantha’s defence (only I’m a gardener at a laptop and I’m a little bit scared of thunder). 
My thoughts have been published on the fabulous Guardian Gardening Blog. I know it’s a big cheek, but I would be ever so grateful if you might take the time to pop over there and comment please so that I don’t look like a complete Sarah No-Mates. The link is below. Thank you. 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2017/feb/14/in-praise-of-pyracantha

I'll be back here soon with gorgeous February flowers for bees.

9 comments:

  1. I am in complete agreement with you. Grow pyracantha...

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  2. Interesting piece, and I left a comment.

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  3. Pyracantha serves the function of providing a food source for birds, but also provides seasonal interest in the landscape.

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    1. It does - and the flowers are abuzz with pollinators in early summer!

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  4. Sarah, I saw pyracantha in southern area, it's a very decorative plant.

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    1. I'm pleased you've seen it! It is decorative and extremely valuable for wildlife.

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  5. You've launched a spirited defense of Pyracantha. It isn't hardy here, but I do like the orange berries. What exactly is the criticism of the plant - that it is simply too common?

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