Thursday, 13 October 2011

Things that go Squish

The picture of the one and only bloom my Romneya produced this year is unrelated to this post, except that it is pretty and a refuge from some of the less attractive inhabitants of my tiny, desperately overcrowded garden.

Lured out (rather too easily) from a housework day, by the warm sunshine, I have spent quite a bit of time and energy this morning trying to reduce the number of weeds in my jungle.

I know how much I've done, but I rather doubt anyone else would notice and I was just stepping back onto paving from the tangled flower bed when I felt/heard that most ominous of sounds, a crack followed by a squish,

Ugh!  I have just stepped on a snail!  Horror, disgust, pity, guilt, what a mixture of emotions.

For some inexplicable reason snails and their second cousins, slugs, turn my stomach to such a degree that I will avoid an area where I know they are to be found for days, weeks even.

A gardener friend picks them up and puts them in a heap then stamps on them with his gardening boots.
Nothing on earth would persuade me to follow his example.  First of all, they have  a right to live (i think), even though they are disgusting.  Secondly killing anything fills me with guilt, and thirdly, I have no big gardening boots and even if I did have, would never be able to stamp on them.

Actually I fear there may be far worse things lurking in the terribly overgrown wilderness that was once a well-kept garden, such as mice or even rats.

Although it is almost certain we will have very few more such lovely warm days this year I just can't face going out there again today.

Does this put me in line for wimp of the year, or am I one of many?

10 comments:

  1. Overgrown???? I've got foxes in mine! That's overgrown!

    But back to the slugs and snails - they just go to prove that God has a sense of humour. If He didn't, slugs & snails would eat weeds, wouldn't they?

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  2. I'm like you - I walk round the sluggy things. Our unwelcome visitors are deer. They poo too much and eat the tops off plants.

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  3. Hmmm Nancy, I like your thinking, though I noticed you didn't comment on the wimp question.
    No need really!

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  4. Oh do I detect a fellow wimp Freda. So nice not to be in a minority of one.
    I have never had a deer in this garden, but there was a regular Muntjac deer in my neighbour's garden in the early days here.
    We did however, have both foxes and a badger.
    The badger appeared in broad daylight and only ran when I clapped my hands.
    I don't know who was more scared.

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  5. Ray, I go to lengths to avoid stepping on (or driving over) anything living, too. And, from a philosophical standpoint, I enjoy seeing everything that's out there in the garden. But practically speaking, sometimes one wants to give the creatures time to settle back into more obscure locations.

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  6. Very carefully chosen words Penny. Yes, I like the idea of letting "creatures settle back into more obscure locations".
    Such a pity they feel the need to travel.

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  7. Slugs I can cope with - but snails ...ew, they are just hideous!! That 'crunch' when you walk along the garden path early morning - and don't see it before it's to late - gives me the creeps big time!! Urgh!!

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  8. Hi Jo. I agree. Quite revolting, though I dare say we would make a pretty stomach turning mess if stepped on by something/someone big enough.
    They just have no redeeming features that I can see.

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  9. Snails I rather like, as their shells can be so pretty, but I can see no purpose whatsoever in slugs, except as food for hedgehogs and other wild creatures. I put on my thickest gardening gloves and deposit both slugs and snails as far from my precious plants as I can get them.

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  10. Ugh! How brave. You may have my share of snails too.

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