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...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Thursday, 27 March 2008

What to do with all those snails

Ha ha ha - revenge is total and it is mine! Exit VP stage left, laughing evilly...

The plant is Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit', having a good think about whether to start sprouting its buds this year. The snail shells are from all parts of the garden. My niece is particularly good at finding more empty ones to add to the pot.

9 comments:

  1. The shells make a pretty mulch. :)

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  2. I worry that perhaps live snails, being cunning and low down creatures, may use the empty shells of their fallen comrades as cover for their nefarious deeds.

    Thank you for your recent visit and kind comments. (Enjoyed your cat post as well.)

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  3. What a lovely mulch!! I think I'm going to start doing that and seeing how many I can find.

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  4. VP, you are ahead of Joe Swift! He mentioned on GW this evening, about how to re-use snail shells, around the garden. His use was nowhere near as good as yours. What a great idea, I am going to keep all mine from now on, minus the innards! x

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  5. Nancy J and Nancy - Hi thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like the idea.

    Jamesa-s - welcome and you're so right! I was putting some more on there the other day when I noticed the pile was moving. A couple of pesky live ones had crept in and thought they'd lie amongst their fallen comrades all incognito! As for kind comments - well, you've paid me great compliment over at yours, so it's the least I could do :)

    Louise - what a great compliment thanks! I leave mine for the birds so they clean the shells for me first. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  6. How crafty VP ! Snail shells also come in quite handy as cane protectors and look prettier than plastic caps. More environmentally friendly too.

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  7. Anna - that's a very good idea. I need some up at the plot, so will go on a shell hunt the next time I'm up there.

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  8. I have just decided to plant Polish Spirit along my back fence, in tribute to all the new inhabitants of my neighbourhood. Not snails, Poles.

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  9. Hi Emma - that's a very good choice for your fence. Prolific and lots of gorgeous purple flowers :)

    Mine's looking a lot better now than it did in the picture!

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