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Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

We have some lovely clumps of snowdrops but each year after about a week of enjoying the flowers they seem to be nibbled (the petals not the leaves).  Does this happen to anyone else?  It's a bit too cold for slugs - so could it be birds, but I have never seen them nibbling.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,206

    Happens to me sometimes too - I assumed it was slugs, but I don't know for sureimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Chicky -  I wondered if it could be slugs, but it happens most years even when it is very very cold with snow and ice.  Those slugs sure are tough guys.

     

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Mine get nibbled too, and my daffs ? Would it be pigeons ? I have so many of those pests in the garden, as well as slugs. imageimage

  • cornellycornelly Posts: 962

    Birds go for yellow flowers especially sparrows, mice like out snowdrop bulbs, little early for slugs to do any damage, could be birds.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Slugs have been prevalent all winter here and definitely eat snowdrop petals.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I was in the peak district this weekend, magnificent displays of snowdrops in many places, including the farm B & B where we stayed, wonderful weather to.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,206

    Thanks Bob - looks like slugs are the culprits.  That would explain why it is more of a problem this winter, when there were few early frosts to stop them in their tracksimage

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page  - St Augustine
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