The reason lupins won’t grow in my garden

I’ve found the reason that lupins won’t grow in my garden – slugs.  I had bought a white lupin from the garden centre to see whether it was just that it is difficult to get them to grow from seed.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.

The head of the lupin flower has been snapped over
The head of the lupin flower has been snapped over

All the leaves on this plant have been eaten, at least a bit.  I have sort of a fear of slugs but I don’t know why – I’m okay with snails.  I think it’s just that I hate anything slimy and oozy.  I’ve noticed that more and more of the slugs in my garden have orange bottoms – supposedly these are Spanish and more evil than ordinary English slugs.  Anyway, if you want to look at something horrible, check these out.

This slug has an orange bottom
This slug has an orange bottom

I need a toad.  The lady in the post office told me that she has a toad and it eats all the slugs.

3 thoughts on “The reason lupins won’t grow in my garden

  1. Frogs will do too. Get a small pond and they will make use of it.

    Also, don’t dismiss the power of blackbirds to hoover up slugs and snails. Invite them into your garden and they will make an impact. They are not a ‘cure’ but they DO help.

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  2. We do have a lovely pair of blackbirds. They mainly eat the wood lice between the railway sleepers and worms. It is possible that they eat slugs.

    I would like a pond but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.

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