The snail is oblivious

Today, I had new windows fitted, so hopefully the house will be warmer in winter and simultaneously the heating bills will go down.

In the meantime, whilst the work was going on inside the house I busied myself with some chopping outside. I’m sure the rocket will have self-seeded itself enough for this year and I don’t want it absolutely everywhere, so with a hardened heart I took all the remaining flowers off. There are few chive flowers left for the bees and the phacelia will be blooming soon.

One creature which didn’t seem to care one way or the other was a snail which was sleeping on the fennel, which I also took the secateurs to. Unfortunately, the blustery weather blew it off the stalk but it continued to snooze on the ground.

However, a baby one had more luck in staying put. I’ve therefore left the few remaining seeds on the plant where it is hanging, so that it doesn’t lose its footing, too.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to The snail is oblivious

  1. A gardener kind to snails is truly caring

    • Helen says:

      They don’t actually cause any trouble in my garden. It’s so dry, they rarely venture out. However, I think they eat debris, which is no bad thing, either.


    I took the shears to my overgrown creeper and found thousands of them chomping on the base of the plants and all the way up into the branches. They rained down on my head like not very appetising nuts. Sorry to say, my friend has 12 new ducklings and they’re having a feast.

  3. Our garden is like a jungle after a rather challenging year personally… hopefully we’ll get out there with secateurs and saws soon and tidy things up (because this snail is far from oblivious of the chaos surrounding her!)

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