Yet Another Fiskars Adventure, Plus Buddleia Abuse


Genevieve Schmidt hates my buddleias.  I hate them too, a little bit. But there's something about those flowers. How can you not love this?


I know, I know, I know.  They're weedy, they shed, and they're total thugs.  It's frightening how much they want to grow.  I left a pile of buddleia trimmings in my garden last month–just a pile of bare sticks- and all of them sprouted new leaves, like dismembered heads that continue talking.  It was terrifying.

So Gen hates them, and I have, in fact, ripped a few of them out to make room for fruit trees.  But I was pleased that she had the opportunity to take out her aggression against my remaining buddleias in this video we did reviewing Fiskars Power Gear Lopers.

Here's our review of the lopers they sent us, and as always, comment to win a pair.  You can go to Gen's site, North Coast Gardening, as well, where she's also giving away a pair.

Next week, we'll be back with our fourth and final review, in which we get crazy with a new weeding tool.



  1. Beautiful Buddleia! Yes a bit of a thug…No worse then the silly ornamental crab in my front yard that needs some attention from those great lopers!

  2. I won’t soon forget the “dismembered heads that continue talking.”

    Buddleia is slightly less frightening in my part of the world, since it dies back to about 8 inches every winter.

  3. Yeah, I have a love/hate thing going with my buddleias too. But it’s much more love than hate because the deer won’t touch them, and when you live in the middle of a deer-breeding ground you’ll keep anything that deer won’t eat. And you’re right… look at those colors!

  4. Love buddleias, but have no room for them (put in the fruit trees first & space just vanished !).

    I really, really want those loppers. Between fruit trees needing shaping, some out-of-control photinias, those gosh-darned flowering pears the neighbor planted too close to the fence, and the ivy that some genius planted along the schools chain-link fence a few decades back (it actually has a ‘trunk’ !)… well, the gears on those loppers would definitely be put to work.

  5. scary buddleias – a little garden of horrors? truly a wicked plant : )

    meanwhile there’s a cotinus in my garden that NEEDS these loppers…

  6. My loppers have been in poor shape ever since their epic battle with the laurel hedge. They would like to continue their work but I feel they are not up to the next campaigns in store for them with the ancient, gnarly rose, the prickly holly and troublesome hawthorne. These loppers would truly be an advance in weaponry.

  7. I love pruning! But not buddleias – a big undertaking in the early spring and the summer deadheading was tedious to say the least. So I shovel-pruned it – but will continue to see its demon spawn for many years to come.
    I’d love to try out these new pruners.

  8. I need these babies to take on the buckthorn, multiflora roses, Japanese honeysuckle and that are taking over my property and neighbors. Down with buckthorn, I say!

    If only they would take out all the garlic mustard, they would be P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

  9. I’m drooling over those Fiskar loppers after seeing your review! My husband and I recently bought a home with a half-acre yard. I’m in charge of the yard, and I’ve been killing my hands recently (especially the inside of my right thumb) pruning Cassias, bamboo, trumpet vines, and other woody plants with my wonderful (but too small) hand pruners. A more powerful, better leveraged tool such as these loppers would be much nicer on my hands and might double the amount of pruning that I could get done in an afternoon! Here’s hoping. 🙂

  10. Buddleias- they’re nothing compared to bamboo! The incredibly heavy snow we had this year has bent mountains of bamboo over the fence behind our yard, and we could really use those loppers to get rid of it. Regular pruners only scratch the surface of the canes.

  11. Many, I just whacked down a bunch of buddleia and other invasives in our back garden, which is new to us and needs a lot of work. If the drawing’s still open, please enter me–thanks!!

  12. I’m a tree steward. My city’s trees need for me to have a pair of these wonderful, powerful, light-weight lopers.

  13. In Washington state, buddleias are not only a garden maintenance bother but a class B noxious weed. I’d love some tips on how to get rid of them without too many chemicals, since chopping them to the ground does no good.

  14. Those would be ideal for the swarm of sweet gum saplings that have decided to make home in our woods. Normally, we’d selectively let a few grow, but there’s little chance for these, who are trying to take up residence in a loblolly pine setting, with an 80′ canopy overhead. Unlike their neighboring uncles or great grandparents who moved here decades ago, these baby gum-ball making relatives can barely see enough sunlight to know what time of day it is. They’re too big to dig, but not so big that an application of Fiskars wouldn’t put them out of their, and our misery. Thanks for the chance at these future sweet gum eliminators.

  15. I’ve just found this site, because I was grumbling to myself about the Cook’s Garden catalogue that no longer is and went looking to remind myself Ogden sold out to. And I found the answer here, so thanks so much. Then I started browsing and found the beautiful vase of butterfly bush… and I’m going to take cuttings as soon as it comes back this year and propagate it. I never even thought about that! It is the most beautiful, and wondrously scented thing in my garden – well, there is the anise hyssop and … you get it. Thank you for a site that I’ll be looking in on frequently. Very best regards to all contributors.

  16. My buddleias tend to die down to the ground every winter, so they never got that woody. I only have one left, and it’s the result of a “severed head.” The original was ripped out by a “helper” who ignored instructions to leave it alone.
    I have lots of plants that need to be tamed, however, including honeysuckle and some other very weedy vine growing in the yard of an empty property next to mine. It wants to strangle my lilac.

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