Plants purchased: 8
Slugs and snails killed: averaging about 10 a day
Private garden visits: 6 (local gardening club)
Gardening magazines purchased: 1 (The English Garden)
Floyds Climbers. The man on the stand (presumably Floyd but I didn't ask him) had some helpful advice about clematis care: they don't like wet feet so let them dry out and give them a liquid tomato feed every other week. This is the diametric opposite to what I have been doing (a zealous over-waterer if ever there was one). I am now on a strict programme of reform. One good thing about Monday evening was that there was more opportunity than usual to interact with the plant growers as well as the plants. Thanks Floyd, for your many clematis (or clematii??) and your wisdom.
Here's another one from Floyd. Please don't comment on the shadow at the bottom as you will upset the photographer.
It rained a lot so we all had to be resilient to enjoy our picnics.
I also had a very exciting encounter with Michael from Slug Bell. Michael invented the slug bell after he found himself crunching a slug pellet along with his home grown salad. The slug bell consists of a tiny mesh on a poll which hold the slug pellets. This is semi covered by a decorative bell which concentrates the odour of the pellets in order to attract more slugs. The bell gives a double advantage in that it prevents birds and other wildlife from eating the poisonous pellets. I didn't buy one to test out as I already had my hands full but I will definitely be looking into it.
Who can blame Michael for embarking on this venture? Surely eating a slug pellet must be a low point in a gardener's life. Needless to say, Michael and I quickly struck up a rapport.