This afternoon I’ve been gardening. Mostly tidying up, weeding, and pruning.
Pruning our Acer negundo ‘Flamingo’ [small, deciduous, variegated box elder] was easy. Cutting out the dead leaves of Phormium [New Zealand flax] was much more trouble on two fronts, accessing the dead leaves at the plant base, and then cutting with secateurs.
Aaaarhhh. Not one of our five secateurs was sharp enough to easily cut the Phormium leaves. Only the pair on the right were any use – being the newest.
I’m truly ashamed of the condition of our secateurs. All our other tools, including garden tools, are nicely cared for and cleaned after use. Oh, the shame.