I have been a bit short of things to say since Christmas but I recently got the camera out to snap the rain on my favourite Mahonia.
Growing in some shelter by a golden conifer this mahonia doesn’t suffer from any wind. The shrub has grown dramatically over the last few years. In late summer I lopped four feet off the top and trimmed the side shoots that were taking too much space. Now a respectable six feet tall I am getting good flowers that are still a bit too high to get my nose into. I have two other lower growing mahonia growing in acidic soil with other ericaceous plants.
The prickly side shoots no longer reach over the path.
Wet Spines on Mahonia