The Hungry Slug

As the garden is slowly being put to bed for the Winter, like a naughty child it’s decided that it’s not quite bedtime yet! There are new flowers appearing on the hydrangeas, green buds in the hedgerow and even asparagus spears are too impatient to wait for Spring! The sunshine has been lovely today, and although it’s been frosty, there was much activity. However everything stopped, albeit briefly, at 11 o’clock for Remembrance Day.

I don’t think there will be many flowers left next weekend as the mornings are really frosty now. That’s probably why a mouse has decided to come indoors and leave presents everywhere…. but more of that later ;-)

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34 thoughts on “The Hungry Slug

    • I’m going to be sad when the flowers have died but all good things come to a natural end…. and I can plan a new planting scheme for next year with even more flowers!

  1. Your mouse has a few friends over here, too! I was still finding slugs until we had our first freeze. I’m surprised that something so squishy could be so tough. Maybe they put on little coats at night. :) LOVE your photo collages!

  2. I’m sure the slug was just passing your gate on his way to a patch of very tasty weeds somewhere! We usually get a lot of spiders in the house when the weather turns cold – but haven’t noticed so many this year. Hope you manage to move your rodent visitor on soon!

    • The slug was definitely heading under the gate unfortunately – and if you have any of those magical weed eating slugs I’ll order three boxes of them now please!!
      The mouse is packing his little suitcase as we speak :-)

    • You have so much wonderful wildlife around you that there must be lots of little havens for them to shelter in :-) I love this time of year, the light is beautiful and the colours just stunning but it is always tinged with a little sadness that the garden will soon be bare.

  3. Slugs have raided our garden, too, chopping off the pea shoots right at the base. I try to stay organic, but ultimately ended up picking up some slug killer pellets – naughty naughty!

    • I’ve managed to remain organic in my approach (but if anything could change my mind it would be the slugs!!). I wonder if public beheadings of the little devils will deter their friends? LOL!!

    • Remembrance Day is on 11th day of the 11th month – it’s not a public holiday in the UK but a memorial day which observes a 2 minute silence at 11am to remember those who have died during the wars.
      As for the asparagus – I have no idea! I chopped them off and mulched them a couple of weeks ago and the little things coming through just look like baby spears!

    • I know – usually weeding or slug hunting. I actually look forward to Winter so that I can have a break from it…. and get out the lovely seed catalogues to dream of next year’s bounty!

  4. Nice post! Putting the garden to rest in the fall, enjoying the “last of this” and the “last of that” is always a melancholic thing to do. – Glad to read you caught that mouse, mice send me screaming, in the garden or in the house.

    • Well, the mouse has not appeared so (fingers crossed) he’s gone to live with the field mice across the lane… I quite like mice but I hate the thought of them messing and spreading germs everywhere. It’s earwigs that make me squeal and dance around like an idiot – yuck!!!

  5. That is one very large slug! I did try public beheadings …. didn’t deter them one bit. Yes, once the cold weather comes, the little critters come inside. I have a live catch mouse trap. I’m not sure what the point is though, since my kitty tends to get to them after I set them free! PJ Girl, your collages are beautiful!

    • Shame about the beheadings – maybe having their photos regularly put on my blog will shame them instead ;-)
      Your kitty probably loves the little presents you set free!

  6. Nice collage of your garden pretties PJ. What is the large purple leafed item in the bottom left corner? We see those nasty slugs here too if we get endless rain. One year they managed to slime all over my giant marigolds…really gross. I followed my neighbours advice and left a tad of beer in a jar laying on its side…they found their way in and dare I say were ‘over-served’.

    • Thanks Boomdee :-) The purple leafed pretty is Bulls’s Blood Beetroot. The beet is far too woody and large to be eaten but I love the colour and shine of the leaves that I keep it growing,
      Your slugs should be well and truly frozen by now… I keep meaning to try the beer method…. but hate to share my beer!! LOL x

      • Wow, Bulls Blood Beetroot, that sounds like an old name. I’ve never heard of it….you’re right, it’s a great color. I imagine any Garden slugs are well frozen, but today it was 1 C or 33 F and everything was slushie and drippy…it’s spring again. A beer drinking, gardener in her Pajama’s…you’re totally my kind of neighbor. LOL.

  7. Seriously, your garden is a wealth of characters that someone like Hans Christian Anderson would have rubbed his hands together in glee at getting a hold of. Sir Sybald, the Solicitous Slug and Montomorency, a Magnanimous Mouse.
    Heady, giggle-inducing stories. ;)

    • The dark world of Hans Christian Anderson would like my next story… the rats are moving in and the chickens are currently holding an emergency meeting to decide if there is anything that can be done x

  8. That is one massive slug. Here, there are hundreds of tiny black ones wriggling in the soil, too many to deal with even for an anti slug fanatic like me. I feel overwhelmed by the size of such enemy forces.

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