Vermilion Cascade

Draping Red Berries

Can someone identify the source of these spectacular branches, dripping in red berries?

I parked in front of a fence at the bank this afternoon and waited for my husband to complete a transaction. Fiddling with radio stations I sat in the car for several minutes before finally looking around and noticing these berries shouting out for attention.

Here  are a couple more pictures that better show the leaves.

Draping Red Berries-2

Draping Red Berries-3

New Ergonomic Pruners

Two more red items were among my favorite gifts on Christmas morning—Felco 8 Classic Pruners and Corona Floral Snips.

Pruners: Felco 8 (top) and Corona Floral Snips

Pruners: Felco 8 (top) and Corona Floral Snips

During a wreath-making workshop a few weeks ago I dropped and broke the handle of my inexpensive but trusty flower clippers. The new Corona Floral Snips Corona Floral snips have a built-in wire cutter and thorn stripper that will be useful when I am working on floral arrangements.

The Felcos I learned about through Carolyn’s excellent tools article and can only hope mine last as long as hers, which she has had for over thirty years.

I am actually looking forward to tackling some pruning jobs now. Thanks Santa!

29 thoughts on “Vermilion Cascade

  1. Cathy

    How festive those berries are! I am pretty sure it’s Pyracantha – our neighbours have a wonderful specimen.
    I also received some new tools from Santa… clever how he knew what we wanted! 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy, I think you’re right. Don’t know why I didn’t recognize it but it didn’t look as thorny as I remember pyracantha being. Enjoy your new garden tools–what fun!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Michael. It is taller than I’ve ever seen, but I did look it up and Pyracantha can get to 12 feet. Yes, the tools will be great fun. Happy New Year!

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  2. P&B

    Those are some great looking berries. I first thought they were Sea-buckthorn ( also comes in red variety) until I checked on Pyracantha. I think that what it is – Pyracantha.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for looking it up for me. I agree it must be Pyracantha. It’s vexing why I didn’t recognize it as I have seen it all my life, but never that tall. Happy New Year! Susie

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  3. Pauline

    To start with I was thinking Cotoneaster, but then when I saw the leaves on the last photo, decided Pyracantha like everyone else.
    I hope you’re pleased with your secateurs, I have the same make and they have lasted such a long time now, what a super present!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for helping ID the Pyracantha and confirming the choice of the new Felcos. I’m super-excited about tidying the garden now. Happy New Year Pauline! Susie

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  4. bittster

    That is quite the show! You have me thinking that a pyracantha might be a good choice for my own garden.
    The thorns are the only memory I have from my parent’s plantings. It might be time to get over that and give it another go.
    Santa was good to you 😉

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  5. greenbenchramblings

    Sorry I forgot to comment on the Felco secateurs. I had a pair when I was 21 and they broke last year when i reached 62 so they lasted 41 years. I repaired them and am using them again but just for light work.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, the birds should be happy with these berries. There was an interested squirrel hanging around as well. Hope you have a Happy New Year too Julie!

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  6. Chloris

    Definitely Firethorn: Pyracantha coccinea. The berries are beautiful but the thorns are absolutely vicious.
    Felcos are just the best.
    Happy Gardening in 2014
    2014

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Chloris, thanks for helping identify this plant–the thorns are something I don’t want to add to my own garden. And another Felco owner! They must be the best.
      Happy Gardening to you also. Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, I think the berries are dramatic, but many people have mentioned the “thorny” problem, so this shrub is something to admire from afar it seems.

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  7. Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

    Thanks for linking to my tool post. I am so glad it was helpful. You will have to let me know how you like the number 8 Felcos, I have number 2. They are a joy to use. I also recommended the Corona floral snips which have now become the tool I always have in my pocket. Happy New Year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Carolyn, I was happy to provide the link and am grateful for your recommendations. I am thrilled with these tools. I expected Santa to choose between the Felco and Corona clippers, not bring both. Happy gardening in 2014! Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s a good idea–so many hybrids these days. I’ll let you know if I come across a less thorny version. Or one of my neighbors could plant one in a perfect spot where I could see it would work for me too!

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  8. Debbie

    Wow, what a lot of berries. I’m in agreement that they look like pyracantha, too.I’d always thought pyracantha was only grown as a vine until I saw several pyracantha trees in a local parking lot. They were amazing and, in my opinion, much more interesting with their berry laden branches than any of the vines I ‘d ever seen.

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  9. Annette

    Well done for getting such useful presents, Susie! I also love Pyracantha for their long display but they can be very giddy to deal with especially when you train them on a wall. Best in a wild hedge…definitely keeps the burglars away 😉

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