2012 has, so far,been a very mixed bag of pleasures and disappointments here in the garden, in what is by a long shot, the most continuously wet summer I can remember.
On the plus side, the (ahem) 'moisture' has been wonderful for the establishing of new planting, avoiding the necessity to regularly and laboriously water seedlings and young plants. On the downside, however - and it has been a big downside, has been the damage done to so many plants - young and old - by slugs and snails.
I have lost 50% of all the seedlings I have started off (I enjoy saving and growing from seed) and this year started off - successfully - many plants. The best success has been with those that were kept inside the conservatory the longest - though as they have grown, they have gone outside to the greenhouse or into the garden and then everything has been hit - hard - by nibbling molluscs…some almost too small to be seen.
At times I have felt like giving up…and then the sun shines, the border looks like this…and in an instant, all seems woth the effort once more!