After the Rain

This area fortunately has a lot of snails, rather than slugs. The snails actually eat the slug eggs, which is a great help. They are also very choosy about which plants they like, so I have less damage than in my past garden where slugs were predominant. In this garden the snails love lupins and dahlias, newly set cosmos and cleome ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , and parsley! Some dahlias will not make it I fear, although I cover them at night. The parsley is grown in pots with copper tape around them (it works!). The last lupin has disappeared… so I will give up on them!

The snails here have beautiful shells, and are quite fascinating when viewed close up.

Cute, don’t you think…

And this curious little fellow below caught my eye… I think he was eyeballing me…

This one was almost transparent, and such a pretty shell…

Fascinating…

Do you have both snails and slugs in your garden?

39 thoughts on “After the Rain

  1. We had these things called banana slugs in our garden a mere 15 miles away. They were the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen and very destructive. My current home mainly has snails much like yours (except I’ve never seen a yellow one). Your post made me laugh because I’ve been thinking of snapping a close-up, but you beat me to it. I do go out and pick the little darlings at night and dispose of them. Seems I’ve been picking dozens the last several nights, but there seems to be no end to them. Mine are attacking hostas and the clematis and the artichoke plant for the most part.

    • “Banana” slugs do sound pretty yukky… are they as big as bananas? Or yellow? My hostas usually look wonderful until about the middle of July, and then the attack begins! I think the hostas are past their best by then anyway, and it distracts the snails from other plants (in theory)!

      • Maybe not quite the size of your average banana, but close. And, yes, they’re sort of a yellowish color. Here’s a wiki link to some pictures; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_slug But mostly they leave a slime trail that’s kind of disgusting, as if they weren’t yucky enough by themselves. I’m glad I haven’t found any in the new neighborhood. Hope it stays that way. Snails, I can deal with.

  2. What a great color for a rose. Wish I could offer a solution to your snail dilemma. I have a mole (or moles) that has been digging up my garden for months.

    • Moles are very tricky creatures. Hope he/they move on soon!
      The rose in the photo smells wonderful and is the first to bloom this year. It survived the winter better than the others.

  3. In wet years we have had tiny slugs, but generally they are not a problem here. Most of our snails stick close to water sources and also are not an issue in the garden – we have many others willing to take their place in wreaking havoc in other ways! Lovely pics!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful rose! With the raindrops, it is just so pristine and luminescent. Nice pics of the snails too, glad they keep the slugs at bay in your garden.

  5. We have a rich animal life in the garden: an imense amount of snails and slugs and some voles and moles. My mother is collecting the snails + slugs whenever she finds them (sometimes 30-100 a day)

  6. Rose “Susan” looks very beautiful!
    We have both snails and slugs in our garden. They especially like my marguerites and ripe red
    strawberries…
    I like best the first and the last picture.

    • Hello Elisabeth. Isn’t it strange how snails and slugs eat different things in different gardens… my marguerites haven’t been touched! (Yet!) They did suffer because of the winter though.

  7. We have slugs galore, and a few tiny varieties of snails…I’ve photographed ones like yours in gardens in France, though.
    I think they’re cute – perhaps because they aren’t eating MY plants! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Your photos are wonderful!

    Slugs generally leave my garden alone, although they can sometimes be a problem in our area. Years ago, when I worked in a garden centre, we used to get huge baseball-sized slugs on the rose plants we brought in from other provinces…I hated moving the pots on the racks for fear of disturbing a monstrous slug. You never did anything without gloves on around there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Very nice photos. I have a lot of snails in and surrounding my garden, and they used to irritate me, but it is only one kind who really eat my plants and the others are beautiful. I have just started photographing them..

  10. Nice photos! We don’t have snails here, but I used to see them in my grandmother’s garden in California.

    • Thanks Sandy. Apparently they need very calcium rich soil and don’t like acid soil, which perhaps explains why they don’t live near you? I saw a couple of baby ones today, but the light was so bad for photos. (We have rain here too!)

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