The garden is looking like a war zone at the moment. It has come under attack from the weather and garden pests.
How can something no bigger than your thumb, and frequently only the size of your nail, cause so much destruction? Easy, they have avaricious appetites, come out to play when it’s wet and strip anything in sight with gay abandon. SNAILS!
I run a regular snail watch but within 24 hours my garden has been over run by these wretched gastropods.
In the front garden, they have done this to the sunflowers.
And this to the pansies.
In the back garden, one of the poppies is now a stick and I removed at least half a dozen snails from the others this morning. Yes you can see slug pellets in the background, I have put some down in sheer desperation. I use organic pellets, but they are only showerproof not deluge proof so clearly are not doing their job.
Despite, gravel scattered around the base of the Dahlia they have absailed their way on to the leaves.
The Centaurea doesn’t look as though it stands a chance at the moment:-
As for the broad beans, I may not be sure if I am going to like home grown broad beans, (it’s the first time I have grown them, following a childhood abhorrence) the snails sure do:-
Needless to say the hostas have fallen victim big time this year. I have half a mind to pull them up and replace them with slug resistant varieties and see if they ward off snails also.
Other pests in the garden, brought out by the damp weather are WOODLICE. Some of you may have seen my Wordless Wednesday photo showing how my strawberries are being eaten by woodlice. This is another photo, taken this morning, the whole plant is infested and I don’t know how to get rid of them, any suggestions are welcome:-
The third element to the garden destruction at the moment is the weather. We are still being hit with wind and rain, with sunny days being very few and far between. Are we ever going to have any Summer in 2012?
The poor roses are really suffering and some of my bushes have given up the ghost and refusing to flower at all.
Maybe we will have some Summer weather soon, everything will dry out and flourish again, and the snails and slugs will disappear. In the meantime I saw this the other day which made me smile, and you have got to smile, haven’t you?
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