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    20th January 2011In The GardenStephanie Donaldson
    Laden pyracantha cascades over a neighbours wall

    Laden pyracantha cascades over a neighbours wall

    The pyracantha‘s name is of Greek origins: pyr means fire and acanthus means thorn, so this specimen tumbling over a wall in Hastings  Old Town is a perfect example of the accuracy of its name. I think the berries are long-lasting because the birds find other berries more palatable, but I disturbed a blackbird that was overcoming its prejudices and systematically working its way along a branch.

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