SNAILS AND SLUGS

It doesn’t take much rain for the snails and slugs to appear.

The colours on this one’s shell look more beautiful when highlighted by the flash.

Slugs look so vulnerable sans a shell to creep into.

I was reminded of this yesterday when a Black-collared Barbet swooped down from a branch to scoop up a slug, which it swallowed with some difficulty. There was definitely no place to hide for that one!

GOODBYE MARIGOLDS

I recently planted six marigold seedlings in the back of the bed. Although they were meant to grow tall, they were very root bound when I got them from the nursery and so I adjusted the height expectations accordingly. It was only a week or two before they flowered, providing a dash of yellow – albeit still low to the ground.

Upon surveying my garden two days ago, I noticed the marigolds seem to have disappeared! This morning I saw the culprit!

If ever a snail would show its tummy, I am sure this one’s would be bulging. Either it, or a friend, walked at some speed across the garden path about an hour later.

Goodbye Marigolds!