Remember the Seven Samurai?
Well, you too can be like the warrior on the right. And all in the name of gardening. What you need is one of these:This is a Hayauchi Silky 6.3 metre (21ft) telescopic pole saw. It is a thing of beauty, and a fearsome weapon. Once you have removed its cover, you are faced with this:It’s certainly not the cheapest item of gardening equipment I have ever bought, but if you have trees with out-of reach branches that need to be removed, it will repay its cost in no time. Today’s task is to cut a branch or two from an ancient spruce that is interfering with a rhododendron.It’s hard to get a good picture, but I hope you get the idea. At full extension the pole saw is not exactly easy to get into place, but no doubt if I were a proper samurai, I would find wielding a 6.3 metre whippy spear very simple. Once in position though, gravity does most of the work, and it is only a question of avoiding the falling branch. I could rave on for some time about the sharpness and the high quality steel (which you must oil with a silk cloth after each outing like a much-cherished sword), but I’ll confine myself to a photo showing how perfect the cut is:
Blessed with late September sunshine, the gentians are now at their best, and I can’t resist putting up some further pictures of them, since it is so rarely that they get the chance to do what they are supposed to.The idea was to have a ‘blue river’ down the steps. Maybe it’s not quite a river, but at least it is blue.I wish I could say this happy combination of hydrangea paniculata, gentiana ‘sino-ornata’ and a late-flowering geranium whose name I’ve forgotten, was designed….but it wasn’t. Pure luck.