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A Barrier of Thorns
Protecting What Is Ours
No, I'm not going to start off by mentioning any of the national brands we see advertised on the television. Who can afford any those during these times of economical stress? Not me for sure. We need to look deep into our minds and past established family ways of protecting ourselves. Simple, but yet effective, are what we are seeking. Whether from predators who have less than us, to others who may want to hurt us.. Now is the time to use our creative minds and, dare I say, primitive ways to make OUR home secure. Cost is a major factor among many of us. In a perfect world , we wouldn't be in such a difficult situation. But nothing is perfect, and we can not fool ourselves any longer. At the risk of sounding paranoid, we need to protect what is ours, be it our belongings or our safety.
Home Sweet Home
"Our home is our castle" and we should have a sense of safety and serenity when we are there. In this day and age, securing our home does not begin with securing our house....it should start outside the home......and the best place there is. Our Gardens.
There are many hardy and attractive plants that have thorns. A living barrier, if you will, of curb appeal. The perfect deterrent for a would be intruder. Unassuming, these plants will let them know very quickly that they are in a place they should not be. Here is a list to get you started thinking about what kind of plants you need..climbers, bushes, trees, ground cover, etc
1. Roses ~ (many varieties including climbers and bush)
Roses are popular plants with gardeners because they may have extraordinarily lovely blooms or fragrance. However, add some particularly thorny Roses and they become a security measure. Thorned Roses climbing under or around a window frame increases your security by making that window an undesirable entry
Danger: Thorns can penetrate gardening gloves and puncture skin. Be sure to remove all of thorn. Irritation and soreness is common for a few days. Use leather gloves specifically for working with Roses.
2. Asparagus Fern ~ (Asparagus sprengeri)
Whether in the ground as ground cover or hanging in a pot by a window this seemingly delicate plant can hold it's own. When this plant gets established it has some major thorns to contend with. Blooms small white flowers followed by red berries.Very Hardy . Somewhat drought resistant.
Plant has spines and sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling. Planting then under a window, even though looking unassuming, quickly makes an intruder think twice.
3. Bougainvillea ~ (Nyctaginaceae)
Bougainvillea has long arching branches that carries harsh thorns, Hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant. Bright colorful bracts(leaves that change colors to appear like flowers) display several times a year. Prefers warm climates. Good plant for a fence or trellis.
Danger: Care should be taken regarding thorns, as they can be very toxic. Thorns can cause a rash, pain and tenderness.
4. Prickly Pear - Opuntiagenus (Family Cactaceae)
Prickly Pear Cactus represent about a dozen or so species that grow in the desert. Bares edible fruit, Relitivity drought resistant.
Danger: Fine, tiny, barbed spines called glochids are found just above the cluster of regular spines. Glochids are often difficult to see and more difficult to remove, once lodged in the skin.
5. Pyracantha ~ (Coccinea)
Large thorny evergreen shrubs, decorative garden shrubs that bare fruit which is thoroughly enjoyed by wild birds. Their dense thorny structure makes them particularly valued in situations where an impenetrable barrier is required.
Danger:Often hidden along the stems they easily penetrate leather gloves. But even if you do not get poked by a stem, the branch is just as irritating, hence it's name of "Fire Thorn"
6. Barberry ~ (Berberis)
Fast growing, evergreen shrub. Hardy and low maintenance. Can be sheared to desired shape
Danger: wicked thorn pricks are painful and can become red and swollen.
7. Holly ~ (Ilex)
Holly comes in many different forms of trees and shrubs. Produces bright red berries, Planting in dark corners will help deter intruders - human or not.
Danger: Sharp thorns and edges. Berries are slightly toxic.
8. Blackberry or Raspberry Bushes ~ (Rubis spp.)
These thorny vines can be trained along a fence or left alone to grow into a thicket. Both produce delicious fruit.
Danger: Left alone thickets can grow into a dense 10 feet tall bramble. Be sure to plant this away from other landscaping so it won't interfere. Perfect for property boundaries.
9. Washington Hawthorne ~ (Crataegus Phaeenopyrum)
The extra long and sharp thorns makes this a very defensive tree. Display beautiful all colors with red berries that stay on throughout Winter.
Danger: Thorns are up to 3" long. Very dangerous.
10. Japanese Bitter Orange ~ (Poncirus trifoliata)
AKA "The King of the Thorns", the Japanese Bitter Orange blooms in the Spring and Summer with a flong of sweetly scented white blossoms followed by inedible fruit..
Danger: Take care not to get to close when smelling the blossoms. The thorns will stop your intruder in their tracks.
These are only a few suggestions for security plants. There are many more to choose from. You may want to check out these sites for more ideas: http://www.gardenguides.com/83986-list-flowering-plants-thorns.html and http://www.ehow.com/info_8142731_list-plants-thorns.html