Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

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… :)

2 Responses to Garden Science: A Visiting Snail

  • I rather like snails. We have both common garden snails and Burgundy snails in our garden, and especially the latter fascinate me. There’s something very cute about them when they strut around (okay, “strut” is perhaps not the right verb for a snail?) in the hedgerow. (Also, it seems Burgundy snails mainly feed on decomposing plant matter, rather than living plants, making them quite harmless.)

    Slugs, though, is a different matter. War is on! My personal record is killing 178 slugs in one evening. We’re talking those nasty Spanish slugs (that apparently aren’t from Spain at all) that are known as “killer slugs” in Denmark since they appeared here in the early 90′s. Invasive beasts that eat whatever they can get to. I’ve seen clusters of them feeding on the buds of my sunflowers 2 meters from the ground… And they ate my yellow French beans as soon as they could sprout, those bastards!

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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.
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