Seed Swaps

Cobra Love

05 Apr 2012
Cloudy 8°C / 46°F

A few weeks ago, I bought a new garden tool. I’d read good reviews about this particular item in several places, and after yet another day trying to dig up my prize-winning and extensive creeping buttercup collection, I decided to order it as I was getting nowhere fast with my “trusty” combo of a pointy trowel and old kitchen knife.

The new gizmo duly arrived and I’ve been weeding up a storm ever since – weather permitting. What a difference. It’s called a “Cobra Head” and doubtless it’s based on a centuries’ old design, but it’s all new and marvelous to me. It’s made the whole buttercup extraction process much easier, more thorough and precise – I am able to remove the wretches even where they’re growing right against emerging tulips without ruining the wanted leaves and bulbs. My only regret is that I didn’t own one sooner…

I’ve still a lot of weeding to do – and soil amender to shift – but the weather continues precarious. This afternoon turned out alright as the sun put in a bit of an appearance but the wind was unpleasantly chilly. The forecast “threatens” a good Saturday and we might even hit double digits….we shall see!

In the meantime, I decided to start toughening up some of my softies (aka hardening off) – specifically my dahlias, some of which are scarily advanced. They spent the afternoon in the shade outdoors and were brought back inside this evening – I shall be repeating this exercise for some days to come in the hope they can go out into the [almost-built] hoop house towards the end of the month. My indoor greenhouse is getting a bit crowded and I will need the space for the tomatoes, eggplants, hot peppers et al.

Roll on warmer weather.

Main photo: The miraculous “Cobra”. (It got a quick wash & brush-up before its portrait was taken!)
Photo 1: Start of dahlia hardening-off.
Photo 2: It is what it is. Don’t suppose Frank Gehry’s losing any sleep.
Photo 3: Finally, some of the Spring bulbs in pots are about to break forth.
Photo 4: My first-ever Easter Lily – courtesy of the NG!



creeping buttercup..aach!! it lured me with its’ oh so pretty yellow blooms! It does look lovely mixed in with the mint though (haha)
those pots are going to be amazing when they are in bloom.

Posted on 06 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7b

OOOOOOOHHHH! I have GOT to get a Cobra! I have creeping Buttercup everywhere and the chickens won’t clean it up for me – which is good because it would make them sick. Thanks for testing the tool out for the rest of us Buttercup collectors. I can’t wait to see those pots of bulbs in bloom, and I think your raised bed garden is looking marvelous!

Posted on 06 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

I was reading about this little gizmo earlier in the week as well …..Now I just have to get one : ) …..your flowers are beautiful

Posted on 06 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

Your Easter Lily is just lovely and your Spring bulb collection is going to look fabulous very soon judging by all those buds ready to burst. Sounds like your ‘Cobra’ was a great buy. I’ve never heard of it.

Posted on 07 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

That’s a hoe and a half! Looks good! Love that lily too. :)

Posted on 07 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

cool new tool! And I can’t believe your dahlias! They look great, I’m already jealous of how gorgeous and colourful your garden will be when they start blooming. Depending on how many tubers I grab from the sale next week I may hit you up for some of your extras. ;) I just potted up a few varieties the other day that I overwintered (as you read in my last journal) so when they start to sprout I’ll let you know, maybe we can do a trade. :) lol, I wonder if anyone else on the north shore has tubers to share (wink wink… I love to stir the pot).

Posted on 08 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

That looks a useful bit of kit – I want one!
How did you get your dahlias so advanced? You must have some crafty secret as mine are only just showing half inch shoots.
Such a beautiful lily – and pots full too.

Posted on 10 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

The Cobra Head gizmo is fantastic! And no, I am not in the paid service of the company that makes it: just tellin’ it as I find and use it. (Have also discovered that it’s multi-tasking: being using it to dig holes to transplant self-seeders and make furrows for direct seed-sowing.)
It’s made in the USANOT the People’s Republic of Crap . It will last and last – an heirloom.
It costs a mere $25 (including shipping in the US and Canada). They also ship internationally.
Just order one now – seriously. You’ll thank me…

Posted on 12 Apr 12 (about 4 years ago)

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