Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

critters and animals

The other night while doing a long overdue fertilize of the garden, I found this little guy. While I know we’re supposed to be mortal enemies, snails and gardeners are rarely friends, I took a moment to get better aquainted. I plucked him off of my African Bulbine and placed him on the patio table. Within moment’s he relaxed, poked his head outside of his shell and became quite inquisitive. While I snapped photos he seemed intrigued in the large lens of my camera. Feeling a new-found connection with this gastropod I went and grabbed him a fresh leaf of lettuce. Without any hesitation at all he began to feast, and I filmed away. While I admit I’ve been upset in the past by slug/snail damage, a closer investigation reveals a gentle creature indeed. I find the odd slug but this is definetly the first snail I’ve found, and I haven’t spotted one this big since I was a kid. After the photoshoot, the light of the day had faded and not having the heart to destroy and/or relocate him I place him amongst a patch of sagina moss. I figure we’ve got an understanding now and he’ll stay away from the prized specimens, it’s not like their is a shortage of greenery in the back anyways. I’d like to see him again, so off he went, another nature moment in an urban garden.

I know what you’re thinking. “This is what I do on a Thursday night?”. I need to get a life… 🙂

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Overtime Season: Day 7 – Two 11 hr shifts in a row, No. Big. Deal.


I know slugs are supposed to be a gardeners worst enemy, but they’ve never bothered me much. Slugs are the least of our pest problems at the greenhouse, and I rarely see damage caused by these small mollusk visitors. I do on occasion find them sleeping under flats, eying up tasty foliage or otherwise looming about. Still their impact on our crops is minimal and given the chance I try to relocate them to somewhere safe and out of the way. It doesn’t seem fair to squish them on sight, most of the time they’re lounging about looking quite relaxed. Here’s is what I believe to be a European black slug lounging about a sisyrinchium leaf. He doesn’t look so mean does he?

sisyrinchium
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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.