How to stop feeding snails
Is it just my imagination but are snails eating plants that they didnt eat previously? In the last week, they have consumed brunnera, cosmos, impatients, echinacea, phlox, gladioli; lillies and the list continues. I cannot afford the time, money and effort planting what is effectively snail food. I dont want to spread snail bait everywhere either. Can anyone suggest perennials and annuals that snails definitely dont like to eat. Thanks so much.
There are plants like lupins, lobelia etc etc that i would love to grow, but as they are slugs delight, I don't even bother to try.
No, it isn't your imagination, although the culprits are probably slugs, not snails. In recent years some varieties of slugs from Europe have become established in this country and show little regard for our traditional 'slug-proof' beliefs. You will find them eating a much wider range of plants and they also have a taste for flowers, even where the leaves are not touched. They are tolerant of a wider range of temperatures, too, so may be active earlier and in drought.
The best way of dealing with them is to pick them off with a (gloved!) hand and pop them in a bucket with an inch or two of very salty water. Some people here snip them with scissors, but this is too revolting for me and I don't want the remains all over my garden.