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… :)

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.