After reading a few reviews, I bought a pair of Felco #2's. Once I got them out of the box from an auction I won on eBay, I was surprised by the quality of these barely-used pruners. I walked around my house for a few minutes remarking how solid and comfortable these pruners are, remarked about their replaceable blade, and questioned why I had not bought them sooner. The quality of these pruners is the one thing I think every gardener agreed upon in blogs (very rare). I guess I have not invested in high quality pruners (or other garden tools) because I have never thought of myself as a "gardener", I enjoy growing native plants and vegetables, not pruning roses or grafting things, like gardeners do.
Before I knew it, I was outside pruning away (without gloves- not a bright idea, pruning wood's rose and hawthorn), but I couldn't help myself. I probably ended up pruning too much, I really flattened our yard. I didn't plan on any pruning today, but the Felcos made me. Besides, the dark-eyed juncos were very grateful for the new brush piles that now fill my backyard (see photo above). In the end, I made room for the greenhouse I'll be building as soon as the ground thaws, and it is nice to visualize the space it will occupy. I am really excited about these pruners, and now I am wondering what other garden tools have I been living without?