The sun came out after a few days of wind and rain, with forecast of more wet to come, I decided to take the opportunity to continue getting ready for Spring.
Continued and finally finished pruning the gooseberry back in bounds, a lot more room around it now, time will tell how the fruiting is impacted, I doubt it will make a lot of change because due to the formidable thorns a lot of fruit was left on the bush anyway
Cracked on with pruning the pyracantha, it really does need a good haircut, even the birds have trouble getting in amongst it. Luckily pyracantha respond well to hard pruning, especially at this time of year before bud break, should generate fresh shoots from well down the bush now. So far I have cut about half of it back, my intention is to finish up with about three foot long trunks before they break again.
The hard pruning means the blossom and berries on the pyracantha will be hard hit this year, but it was getting well out of bounds so has to be done.
Here is what gooseberry and pyracantha were like in 2014