Oh! that is sad. Any idea of the culprit this time?
The snail trail gave the game away – although it must have had a bit of a shock when it ate all the way through the stem it was nibbling!
Oh, I think evidence points to snails or slugs on this one, unless they were just an accessory to the crime!
Oh, my! You ARE under attack! It looked so lovely too! I’d like to think it could be salvaged in a vase, like my hellebore, but the stem looks a bit too short. Which reminds me, when talking about garden pests, I must add cats to the list!
I have popped the head in a little stoneware pot, with a couple of species tulips I was trying to move but didn’t dig deep enough!
Oh no – a serial offender!
But why is he/she so selective?! 🙂
Who’s under suspicion? Cat? Dog? Possum?
Here’s my Wordless Wednesday!
🙂 no possums here; I suspect a snail (now with a headache after the stem fell on the ground)
I think you need the Garden Police to stake out your garden overnight!
Pesky snail I think
I think you have a slug or a snail whose got a grudge against you.
I see someone has suggested a possum. We are quite lucky with just the odd rabbit or pheasant. It could be worse, we could have possums. Er… what exactly is a possum?
I had a vague picture in my head about what a possum looked like, but did google just to remind me – definitely no possums here!!
Cathy I was thinking a bird and I think may be Sue has it, starlings can do nearly as much damage to the flowers on some of my small plants as Jessica’s pheasant does to her larger flowered plants, a starling striped a very flowery oxlip plant 2 weeks ago, leaving all the flowers scattered around the plant, I hope you either find the culprit or it changes it’s habits,
as to why certain plants, I wonder that too as slugs have taken to my newly emerging echinacea leaves but no others, not that I want them to eat the others, Frances
One of the quirks of nature – with the fritillaries one clump is at the edge of the border but the other is more hidden – so someone knew how to find it. Interesting about your starling damage as we do tend to get gangs of them visiting in the summer but they just make a mess of the bird food without damaging plants
hmmm …. perhaps it’s their revenge to me for not putting out bird food .;)
they take other flowers too, only small flowering plants and bulbs/corms, Frances
I know slugs do a job on my hostas, but I never knew they could do this kind of damage. The “footprints” do suggest their presence, tho. Ugh, how frustrating!
I suppose they need to eat – and build themselves up for the blackbirds to eat them… 😉
The clue must be in the white deposit… bird dropping or slug trail?
Methinks that the menu provided chez Rambling is simply too tempting. Hope that there are no more nocturnal nibblings.
Me too Anna! 🙂
What a shame Cathy! I am constantly under siege from all sorts of attackers so I know how you feel. I get particularly upset when rabbits bite the heads of my hellebore flowers – they never eat them, so like your tulip I just find them lying sadly on the ground. At least you have made use of this little beauty.
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