Gardeners are often so focused on what is left to plant, prune, weed, thin, spray, fertilize, and pick, that we forget to stop and enjoy our creations. I was reminded of this yesterday.
Many creatures have left their calling cards in my gardens. The wet, humid weather has caused a bumper crop of slugs. They usually only feed at night, but not this year. Maybe it's their numbers, maybe the lack of sun has kept the slimy crawlers from seeking daytime cover. Regardless, the telltale shiny trails left on this petunia, and on many of my lettuce and tatsoi plants, show slugs are feasting quite well.
The nearly constant drizzle, sprinkles, showers, and downright downpours we've had of late has put me way behind in my gardening plans. By now I've usually finished weeding, mulching, edging but currently half the beds still need weeding and mulch, and many of the iris and early bloomers still need to be deadheaded. Iris stalks should not look like those in the photo when lavender is ready to open.